Your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side-to-side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn.
Some of the major causes of TMD are
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
- Arthritis in the joint
- Stress, which can cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth
Some of the common symptoms our patients with TMD describe are pain or tenderness in the face and jaw, trouble with chewing and biting and a clicking’ popping or grating sound in the jaw joint.
How We Can Help
To help alleviate TMD pain our therapists at NM will combine trigger point release to the jaw muscles and mobilisations to restore jaw function. We find that teaching our patients some simple muscle energy techniques that they can apply whilst away from the clinic have been highly successful.