My Myo Matters

Pain – Jaw and TMJ

Get pain relief by dealing with the cause

Orofacial myology can be used to treat pain symptoms around the face, which often originates in the jaw. It is our jaws that allow us to breathe, eat and talk, so experiencing jaw pain can make even the simplest daily tasks difficult.

What is Temporal Mandibular Joint pain?

The Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) is situated at the front of the ears and has a hinge joint on either side that connects the lower jaw to the skull. Problems with the TMJ can lead to all sorts of issues around the face including (but not limited to): 

 

 

  • Ears: ear aches and pain, hissing or ringing, vertigo or dizziness and decreased hearing;
  • Jaw: clicking or popping joints, grating, cheek muscle pain and uncontrollable jaw and or tongue movements; 
  • Neck: lack of mobility and stiffness, pain, tired and sore muscles, shoulder or backaches, and arm or finger numbness; 
  • Head: aches around the forehead and temples, migraines, sinus and shooting pain; 
  • Mouth and teeth: general discomfort, limited mouth opening or inability to open smoothly, jaw deviates to one side, locks shut or open, difficulty biting, clenching or grinding teeth and looseness and soreness of back teeth. 

What are the causes and treatment of TMJ?

One of the main causes of TMJ dysfunction is the incorrect position of the tongue, which causes the jaw to overcompensate resulting in fatigue. It can also be caused by grinding of the teeth, excessive clenching or stress.

 

 

What is less commonly known is that tongue position, grinding and clenching is the result of an underlying airway problem. 

How can OMT assist?

By correcting, retraining and strengthening strong neural pathways between the way we breathe, tongue posture, lip seal and correct swallowing patterns, there is evidence that OMT can assist with the treatment of TMD. 


If you are experiencing pain in the face or the jaw, book in to arrange a comprehensive myology  assessment.