October 12, 2019

Written by Jessica Jackman

Ever have pain while chewing foods?

Grinding your teeth at night?

Feel stress in your jaw or face?

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) covers a wide range of related disorders relating to the face, jaw, ears and neck.

Pain in the jaw is often related to the joints and muscles which help us talk and eat. The Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) forms part of what helps us to be able to do those things along with a network of muscles and ligaments. When these structures are injured or stressed they can lead to TMD and pain.

TMD pain is multifactorial and can be caused by many factors:

      • Trauma to the head, neck or jaw
      • Nail biting, chewing gum
      • Repeated teeth clenching or grinding teeth
      • Stress
      • Systemic diseases
      • Neck pain

What can you do about it?

Seeking help and intervention for jaw pain can be very useful at getting to the cause of the pain and relieving symptoms. Going to the Dentist is a great place to start to ensure there isn’t any issue with your teeth that may be contributing to the problem.

Osteopathy can help by releasing tight muscles and improving the range of motion of the jaw neck and surrounds. They can also help to improve some of the underlying causes that may be predisposing you to TMD such as poor posture.

Often stress is a major contributing and maintaining factor so trying to reduce stress is very important. This may mean meditation, seeking counselling / support or just performing relaxation techniques to help rest the muscles more efficiently.

If you have any concerns about your jaw, book an appointment today.

For bookings with our osteopath Jessica, please call the clinic on  (03) 5429 3610 or follow the link below:-




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