Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) - what is it?

  • Pain and stiffness in the jaw and face

  • Sometimes the pain is accompanied by crepitus, clicking and popping noises when opening and closing the mouth

  • Musculoskeletal pain in specific areas such as neck, shoulders, upper back

  • Tinnitus (ringing in ears) and earache (with no infection)

  • Trismus - unable to fully open the mouth

  • Bruxism - grinding of the teeth

  • Pain which can be dull, burning or sharp in nature

  • Headaches from mild to migraine

  • Dizziness

  • Difficulty swallowing and speaking

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Stress - clenching the jaw when stressed, anxious

  • Painful periods - tension in hip flexors (deep fascial line connects hip and jaw

 TMD - I use a combination of myofascial, acupressure, trigger point release massage and tailored self care to:

  • assess your condition

  • holding, grounding, calming and relaxing - dialling down your sympathetic nervous system

  • treating acupressure points around face, head, ears, shoulders

  • indirect and direct myofascial release of the soft tissues throughout the body, head and shoulders

  • trigger point release for tension in neck and shoulders and holding patterns of the body

  • muscle energy techniques to strengthen muscles of jaw, neck and upper back

  • tailored self-care advice to empower the you to take care of your body

  • most important of all I treat you the person

References and research

  • Gürsoy, Y., Uysal, H.H., 2020. Effect of manual therapy on range of motion, pain and quality of life in temporomandibular joint dysfunction, Journal of the Romanian Sports Medicine Society.

  • Branco, L.P., Santis, T.O., ... Bussadori, S.K., 2013. Association between headache and temporomandibular joint disorders in children and adolescents. Journal of oral science 55, 39–43. doi:10.2334/josnusd.55.39

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