Your Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ is the most used joint in the body. Your TMJs (jaw joints) are involved with eating, talking, breathing and, probably most importantly, expressing our feelings and emotions. When things go wrong with your TMJ it is known as Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD).


You may or may not experience jaw pain or tenderness with TMJ dysfunction. The most common symptoms include:

jaw clicking
jaw popping
grinding
limited jaw opening, or jaw deviation while opening (which you can observe in a mirror)
an inability to fully clench your jaw.


TMD sufferers are often teeth grinders or clenchers. TMD can cause jaw headaches, ear pain, dizziness and upper neck pain. Some TMJ patients report pain or inability to eat, talk or sing. Tinnitus or ear ringing can be associated with TMJ dysfunction. (Vierola et al 2012)


TMJ dysfunction is considered a multifaceted musculoskeletal disorder. We recommend that you seek the advice of your TMJ physiotherapist for pain, clicking or lack of motion when opening your mouth.
After your TMJ assessment, your physiotherapist will commence corrective treatment if appropriate. TMJ physiotherapy is normally very successful for the treatment of TMJ opening disorders due to the problem being a movement disorder that is affected by your muscle and joint control. If you would like to discuss your TMJ condition with a Physiotherapist in London, call Physiohaus at 519-204-4445 or book online at Physiohaus.ca.