“In the field of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD), the role of Physical Therapy has been shown to be one of the most effective among conservative treatments.”

~ Journal of Orthodontic Science, 2013


Our physical therapists are highly skilled to provide TMD therapy to people seeking relief from Temporomandibular Joint pain. This therapy will focus on correcting postural deficits and faulty biomechanics that place undue stress on the jaw and its’ surrounding musculature. Relaxation techniques and the elimination of unhealthy habits will allow for pain levels to begin decreasing with the start of care. Our exercises and tissue work combined with joint mobilization techniques will strive to restore pain free range of motion and symmetrical opening/closing of the jaw. After jaw biomechanics are restored, emphasis will be placed on developing strength and stability when eating more difficult foods.

As always, adherence to a detailed home program and coordination with outside dental professionals will allow for keeping your jaw feeling better for long term.


  • Pain in the jaw, ear or surrounding muscles with jaw movement
  • Difficulty Chewing
  • Locking of the Joint
  • Clicking sound
  • Grating Sensation
  • Strain with opening and closing the mouth

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Understanding the Temporomandibular Joint

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) acts like a hinge connecting your jaw to your skull. It has cartilage along the joint surfaces and a small disc that allows for shock absorption with opening/closing the mouth and chewing. Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) commonly occurs when trauma, repetitive stress, or altered genetic alignment causes pain in your joint, ear, or surrounding musculature with jaw movement. Other symptoms include: difficulty chewing, locking of the joint, clicking sound, grating sensation, and strain with opening and closing the mouth.

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