Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD), commonly known as TMJ: Temporomandibular Joint is a condition in which there is jaw, head, neck and/or upper back pain and/or tightness. Symptoms include clicking, locking, or popping when you open or close your mouth or chew, limited ability to open your mouth. Night grinding known as bruxism is a contributing factor to TMD. It is not uncommon to develop TMD after dental work. Evaluation of the jaw, head, neck and upper back will identify the range of motion limitations, trigger regions of pain, muscle weakness and more.
Treatment will range depending on the evaluation findings. Typically a plan of care will include associated awareness techniques (AAT), pain reflex release techniques (PRRT), a manual hands-on technique to break the pain cycle and calm the nervous system, joint mobilization or manipulation, soft tissue release techniques, stretching, strengthening, postural correction, biofeedback, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and instruction in home self-care.