“You’re just going to have to live with it...
For those suffering from jaw pain, clicking, locking, headaches, and other issues, “just live with it” is often what they have been told.
Unfortunately, TMJ issues don’t always fall under a single, easy to identify cause. Making it difficult to identify the root cause. Causes could include whiplash or facial trauma, teeth grinding, poor bite, stress and anxiety, trigger points, and postural issues. So, the first step in treating TMJ dysfunction is assessing what the causes could be and addressing those issues before working directly on the jaw muscles. By improving posture, and easing tightness in the neck and shoulders the chances of successfully treating TMJ issues increases dramatically.
Focused, integrative bodywork around the jaw and related muscles can be very effective. By integrating deep tissue, trigger point, craniosacral and other techniques, I have developed a method of gentle manipulation of the jaw and related muscles to help correct jaw alignment, muscle constriction, and help alleviate pain.
By doing daily, simple exercises to improve posture and jaw range of motion can speed recovery and enhance the effects of manual therapy.
By integrating these techniques with these simple exercises you can do at home, pain, clicking, and headaches can be greatly reduced and often eliminated.