Physical therapy can tremendously help those who suffer from Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder – or jaw pain. Physical therapy is a conservative treatment that aims to improve TMJ mechanics, improve posture, relax muscles and relieve pain. Our physical therapists will perform a thorough evaluation and develop an individualized plan of care.
Treatment options can include:
Exercise: to improve function of the jaw and neck, as well as improve posture.
Iontophoresis: A non-invasive method of using electrical current to deliver medication through the skin to relieve inflammation and pain.
Ultrasound: High frequency sound waves transferred to the join used to promote healing and deliver anti-inflammatory medication to the area.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM): a technique using specifically designed instruments to effectively address scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique is combined with therapeutic exercise to detect and treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation often due to overuse, old injuries, or poor posture.
Functional Dry Needling: Completely distinct from acupuncture, FDN is a technique using a solid filament needle to stimulate trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues. By eliciting a muscle twitch, and in turn improving blood flow and oxygen to the dysfunctional tissue, the taut musculature releases.
Mobilization: A technique that may combine joint mobilizations, soft tissue mobilizations, and trigger point release, helping to restore tissue mobility and join range of motion.