- The jaw can be responsible for pains from headaches, to facial pain to local TMJ issues
- The capsule around the joint, and the disc in the joint, are most commonly implicated in causing the symptoms.
- Muscle imbalance may lead to the disc or capsule irritation
- Clenching the jaw and grinding the teeth are often signs that accompany TMJ pain.
- Avoid hard or chewy foods
- Learn to relax – stress is often a trigger for the pain and for the development of muscle imbalances
- The use of a splint may be needed but this can be discussed with your physio who will suggest one from your dentist if indicated.
- Exercise before bed – the endorphin release will act as a natural muscle relaxant.
- Identify the areas of muscle imbalance and joint dysfunction
- Release the painful / triggering muscles around the joint
- Teach you self massage and release techniques to aid in your independence from treatment
- Teach you exercises to overcome any muscle imbalances