At Templo del Masaje we offer a treatment to problems related to the TMJ joint. Next, we detail a little more what the process consists of.
What are the TMJ problems?
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) open, close, and move the jaw with the help of the surrounding jaw muscles. These joints and muscles are involved in chewing, speaking, and other movements. Like other parts of the body, TMJ discomfort can be a common source of pain and problems. Chronic temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain justifies a visit to the doctor or dentist to evaluate the cause. Excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching, also known as bruxism, often plays a role in the origin of TMJ pain. Regardless of the cause of pain, physical therapy, acupuncture, and exercise can help relieve tension and offer relief. At Templo del Masaje we have specialists with experience in the treatment and relief of TMJ pain who can help you get to the source of the cause and solve it.
What is TMJ treatment?
A physiotherapist can develop a program for you that includes advanced techniques to regain normal jaw movement. The focus of physical therapy for temporomandibular disorders (TMD) is relaxation, stretching, and the release of tight muscles and scar tissue. For this reason, it is an especially important part of recovery from TMJ joint surgery (if it is the case), as it helps minimize scar tissue formation and muscle tension. Physical therapy techniques can include:
- Jaw exercises to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility and range of motion.
- Heat therapy to improve blood circulation in the jaw.
- Ice therapy to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
- Massage to relieve general muscle tension.
- Training to improve posture and correct jaw alignment.
- Movement of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) to release scar tissue that restricts muscle movement and to improve range of motion.
- Ultrasound therapy, which uses high-frequency sound waves directed at the TMJ joint, to reduce pain and swelling.
What to expect after TMJ treatment?
After a physiotherapy session, you should rest your jaw, try to control habits that cause pain, and avoid chewing foods that stress the joint. After a physical therapy session you will feel substantial relief. It should be noted that the results improve with constant treatment. Forget about pain once and for all. Book a physiotherapy session today!
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