By Andrew J Gaetano, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Your jaw, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is the most used joint in your body during daily function. Just think, every time you talk, chew, swallow, or speak, your jaw is working. It’s estimated in research that you use your jaw 1500-2000 times per day! So it’s not unreasonable to assume a lot of people- whether they even realize it or not- will have problems or dysfunction with their TMJ. This can lead to pain, clicking, limited jaw opening, earaches, tinnitus, and even headaches! Here are a few common problems associated with TMJ dysfunction which may lead to limitations in use of your jaw:

Restricted motion/opening


Deviation of one side of the jaw

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Opening and/or Closing ‘click’

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Muscle spasm (also known as Trismus)

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Poor posture

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Can you tell if you’re one of the many people with TMJ dysfunction? If you have clicking in your jaw, you have an issue and may not even know it. You may have seen your dentist or doctor if you have experienced these symptoms. Physical therapists, especially those with a board certified specialty in orthopedics, can help too (not all physical therapists are comfortable treating those with jaw pain)

What we can help you with:

Postural Correction
Soft tissue mobilization and massage to reduce muscle spasm
TMJ joint mobilization techniques to improve motion and reduce pain
Jaw and neck exercise to reduce stress on the joint, reduce muscle tension, and improve motion
Education on how you can care for yourself, outside of the clinic

Keep smiling and don’t just put up with jaw pain or clicking!

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