The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), commonly known as the jaw joint, is the most active joint in the body and demands special care and attention. The causes of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) vary, but the most common culprits include stress, long -term clenching, extensive dental work, head injury, and poor posture.

Treatment

A specially trained TMJ physical therapist will perform a complete evaluation to identify any musculoskeletal, postural, or biomechanical problems you have that contribute to TMD and your pain. We then conduct a detailed analysis to identify any triggers and contributing factors to your TMD pain. This can include sleeping postures, ergonomics, and stress management.

Together, we’ll create a personalized treatment plan that includes manual therapy techniques and exercises, address any adjustments to posture, lifestyle changes, and ultimately create an effective home management program.

Symptoms

  • Clicking or popping in the jaw
  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Headache
  • Pain in the jaw, face, ear, neck, shoulders
  • Pain with chewing, yawning, talking
  • Locking jaw
  • Snoring/sleep apnea
  • Teeth grinding/clenching
  • Tinnitus (ringing) or fullness in the ear
  • Tooth pain

Locations: Available at our Mill Valley, Novato, Oakland, and San Francisco offices