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Temporomandibular joint / Jaw Initial Assessment

Empower Phsyiotherapy offers a specialized Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) assessment is tailored to address the unique challenges associated with TMJ-related conditions, providing a pathway to relief and improved function.

What is the TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull, facilitating essential movements such as talking, chewing, and yawning. When dysfunction occurs in this joint, it can lead to a range of symptoms collectively known as Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD).

What are common signs and symptoms of TMD?

Common signs and symptoms of TMJ-related conditions include jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds during jaw movement, difficulty or discomfort while chewing, headaches (especially in the temples), tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dizziness, and even neck pain! 

What our TMJ assessment entails

Our physiotherapy assessment for TMJ disorders is comprehensive and patient-focused. We conduct a thorough examination, evaluating your jaw function, assessing muscle tenderness, and identifying any contributing factors such as posture, muscle imbalances and your neurological system. We also assess your cervical spine (your neck), as it is often affected with TMD.

Common Conditions related to the TMJ 

The most frequently encountered conditions of the TMJ include myofascial pain syndrome, disc displacement, and arthritis. Each condition requires a unique approach to treatment, and our physiotherapists are adept at tailoring interventions to suit individual needs.

What Treatments are their for the TMJ?

Physiotherapy treatments for TMJ disorders may include manual therapy techniques to address muscle tightness and joint mobility, exercises to improve jaw function and stability, and education on posture and relaxation techniques to reduce stress on the TMJ. Additionally, we may incorporate modalities such as dry needling, kinesiology tape and electrical stimulation to alleviate pain and promote healing.

Our goal is to empower you with the knowledge and tools to manage and alleviate TMJ-related issues. Whether you’re experiencing acute discomfort or have been dealing with chronic TMJ symptoms, our dedicated team is here to provide expert care, personalized to your specific needs.

$135 for initial appointment