Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD)


Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD)

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About Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD)

TMD or TMJ involves difficulty in chewing, clicking, or locking the jaw followed by neck pain, headaches, and ringing in the ears.

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction can be caused by:

  • Past trauma to the jaw: sports, car accidents, or other such scenarios.
  • Bruxism or teeth grinding.
  • Dental issues like the poor alignment of teeth
  • Repetitive stress to the jaw (can be caused by frequent gum chewing or nail-biting)

The symptoms of TMD can be temporary or long-lasting, jaw pain being the most common symptom. You may also experience headaches and dizziness, difficulty opening your mouth fully, jaw pain, tinnitus, neck pain, and locking jaw.

Physical therapy can alleviate TMD using manual therapy techniques, targeted stretching and strengthening of joints, and postural correction. Physical therapy focuses on relaxing, releasing, and stretching the scar tissue and tight muscles.

Boost Physiotherapy in Edmonton is focused on helping you feel better. We have a team of physiotherapists that are experts in physical function and mobility. We’re here to provide you with specialized hands-on treatment so you can take the control of your body back.

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Treatment

In order to diagnose TMD, our physiotherapists will review your medical history and discuss any injuries or fractures you may have had to your jaw, neck, or head previously. You’ll be asked to describe your pain to observe any pain patterns in TMJ and a physical examination of your neck and jaw will be conducted.

We’ll help you restore the natural movement of your jaw by selecting appropriate and relevant TMD treatments including (but not limited to):

  • Jaw exercises
  • Heat therapy
  • Ice therapy
  • Massages
  • Training
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Movement of temporomandibular
  • Dry Needling
  • Ultrasound therapy

With Boost Physiotherapy, get exceptional care and a personalized treatment plan. We’re here to help you get back on with life and activities you enjoy and love. Contact us today.

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