Temporomandibular Joint Pain

TMJ is mostly known as a condition affecting the jaw. Despite this, many people can be suffering from the condition without actually knowing it. The reason for this is due to the symptoms of TMJ being so wide and varied; for example, a person can be suffering from TMJ but not report any significant pain around the jaw, with many of their symptoms coming in the way of headaches, neck and shoulder pain, dizzines, tinnitus, ear ache (without infection)...the list goes on. Sufferers often struggle without receiving a definitive diagnosis. Some suffer for many years without hope. Medical intervention is often expensive and invasive with low success rates.

The good news is that appropriately trained massage therapists are in a unique position to help sufferers of this condition get out of pain and restriction quickly and safely. Disorders of the muscles of the TMJ are the most common complaints by TMJ patients.

The two major observations concerning the muscles are pain and dysfunction. Simple cases of this type of TMJ are caused by overuse of the muscles.

Pain in the joint will often be coming from the soft tissues surrounding it.

Even if there is a physical problem with the disc or the joint itself the muscles will often be involved and a significant reduction in pain and improved function can be achieved with a combination of advanced techniques including trigger point work, craniosacral techniques and myofascial release.

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Having trained with renowned TMJ therapist, Tracey Kiernan at Blend Therapy Training, I am now able to offer TMJ therapy at Body in Balance Therapies. If you would like to know more then please get in touch on 0151 374 2418 or email:jeffpringle@bodyinbalancetherapies.co.uk

Below are a list of the typical symptoms and causes associated with TMJ; if any of them sound familiar, then we can help. If you would like more in depth information on the condition then please follow the link to the TMJ UK website https://www.tmjtherapyuk.com/


 

Common Symptoms of TMJ


  • Jaw, face, neck, and shoulder pain​

    Headaches of varying intensity, especially in the area around the temples​

  • Popping, clicking, or grating noises in the jaw joint​

  • Deep jaw pain​

  • Difficulty opening your mouth, speaking or manipulating the jaw from side to side​

  • Dizziness or vertigo

  • Tinnitus​

  • Earache without the presence of infection​

  • ‘Glop in the throat’ a sensation of something being stuck that wont go down.​

  • Unevenly worn teeth;

  • Twitching of the face or eye muscles;​

  • Disordered sleep.

  • Photosensitivity and sensitive to certain sounds​

  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)

  • Trismus (difficulty opening mouth normally)

Common Causes of TMJ


  • Poor bite alignment/poorly fitting dentures, crowns or fillings.

  • Occlusal imbalances/

  • malocclusion​

  • Chronic clenching or grinding, especially during sleep/bruxism​​

  • Chewing gum on a regular basis (Most people have a dominant chewing side)​

  • A trauma, accident, or injury to the neck, jaw, or head e.g. whiplash​

  • A chronic illness, such as lupus, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep disorders, or rheumatoid arthritis​

  • Displacement of TM discs​

  • Malformations of the face, neck, or jaw​

  • Extensive dental work or extractions that put stress on TM joints​

  • Excessive Telephone Use: we tend to bend our head to one side whilst on the phone, or some cradle the phone between head and shoulder.

 

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