Darron Goralsky is the Clinical Director, Principal Physiotherapist and founder of Melbourne TMJ & Facial Pain Centre and the Goralsky Craniomandibular Method. He has travelled internationally to attend conferences, courses and work in clinics with some leading experts such as Ms Erica Reid, Professor Mariano Rocabado and Dr (Prof) Jeffery Okeson.
A search for solutions:
Darron has dedicated his professional career to finding the best clinical solutions for the thousands of patients suffering from some form of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) and its associated symptoms. These symptoms commonly include jaw pain / stiffness / clicking / locking , teeth clenching / grinding. Associated symptoms commonly also include headache, facial pain / pressure, earache / blocking / ringing, lightheadedness / dizziness, brain fog and neck pain / stiffness.
Having treated literally thousands of patients Darron understands that these symptoms may be stemming from not only the jaw structures (temporomandibular) but also from the head (cranio) and neck structures (cervical). These symptoms may be made worse by anything causing stress, leading to increased muscle tension, teeth clenching and poor-quality sleep.
Effects of posture & lifestyle factors:
As physiotherapists we are also very aware that poor/sustained posturing – including unsupported sleeping postures (an often-overlooked fact) – compounds the mechanical overloading of these structures. Having a good understanding of the interdependent relationship of these areas (jaw-head-neck) both functionally and as a common source of symptoms, is therefore essential to create a comprehensive Management Plan for not only treating these various symptoms and their causes, but also for avoiding recurrence in the future.
Furthermore, identifying and improving lifestyle factors that may be contributing to TMD and associated issues are always addressed as part of our comprehensive clinical approach because if you go back to habits and activities that created the issue in the first place, then your symptoms are likely to return. The Goralsky Craniomandibular Method (GCMM) – Integrated Approach To Management Of TMD & Facial Pain is the hallmark of our clinical approach at Melbourne TMJ & Facial Pain Centre.
Why TMD & related conditions can cause confusion:
It is important to understand that pain/symptoms that are referred from various structures but experienced elsewhere can create confusion as to the actual source of these symptoms. This commonly leads to sufferers consulting various Medical / Dental Professionals who may only address those aspects of the condition within their scope of practice.
Not knowing where to turn for help:
Unfortunately, there is also often a gap in communication between the various Professions to adequately facilitate and direct you towards the other forms of therapy required to address each aspect. Our mission is to help bridge that gap by not only providing you with our very specific treatment approach, but also by liaising with your GP, Dentist or Specialist and making appropriate referrals where other interventions are necessary.
Applying standard principles of musculoskeletal treatment to a complex condition:
Despite being more complex, the jaw, neck and their structures are in many regards no different from other parts of the body in that they have bones, muscles, joints, ligaments and nerves. A part of our management thus applies the standard principles of treatment for musculoskeletal conditions, incorporating very specific hands-on joint and muscle treatment techniques. Our comprehensive treatment approach is rounded out by including important rehabilitative exercise and self-help techniques to empower our patients to self-manage.
Incorporating Specific Dental management into our comprehensive approach:
Darron has also incorporated very specific Dental management of TMD in his approach when required, with the addition of experienced TMD and Sleep Medicine Dentists on our therapy team. This inclusion blends our unique physiotherapy approach with specialised occlusal splinting therapy if required and or other investigations (such as for sleep apnoea) when necessary. Our innovative approach to patient care and treatment is also one of the reasons our clinic is recognised among Melbourne’s leading TMJ Centres, drawing patient referrals from various Medical and Dental Specialists across Victoria.
Ensuring you get the treatment you need when you need it:
As of 2020 Darron is no longer consulting directly with patients as he has chosen to focus exclusively on ongoing training and mentoring of our experienced clinical team, all of whom are Goralsky Craniomandibular Method (GCMM) Certified. This ensures that patients can expect the same, consistent, high levels of care no matter who their treating therapist is. Complex case discussion is a weekly occurrence between Darron and all our therapists, facilitating a collaborative approach for cases that require it.
Our continuously evolving approach for best clinical outcomes:
Darron and the Team are passionate about staying on the cutting edge, always continuing their professional development. The Goralsky Craniomandibular Method is always evolving to incorporate new techniques and updates from current research to ensure evidence based, best practice treatment is provided for the most optimal outcomes.
Darron and his approach are highly regarded. He lectures to qualified Dentists in their bi-annual PD program at Melbourne Dental School and presented at the 2019 Australia New Zealand Academy of Orofacial Pain (ANZAOP) Conference in Adelaide. Darron has also been a guest presenter to many Dental Special Interest groups as well as to the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) recent graduates’ group.
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What is the TMJ?
TMJ stands for temporo-mandibular joint which is your jaw joint. What is the TMJ? Learn more about the TMJ The temporo-mandibular joint is formed by the mandible or jaw bone.Read More
What is TMJ Disorder?
The TMJ or jaw is a common area that can become injured or sprained causing jaw pain or ache, face pain, ear pain, neck pain or headaches. This commonly occurs due to clenching or grinding (bruxing) of the teeth due to stress.Read More
Causes of TMJ Disorder (TMD)
TMJ disorder and facial pain is a common, sometimes very disconcerting problem experienced by many people. It can be a complex problem with many contributing factors.Read More
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
Headaches are a very common symptom affecting millions of people every day. People suffering from TMJ Disorder (TMD) often experience headache felt in the temple area and around the ear.Read More
Experiencing pain in the jaw, face or ear can be a very confronting feeling and often one that causes severe stress for sufferers. Problems associated with the TMJ (jaw joint) and face are often complex and pose a real challenge for the medical, dental, and manual therapy professions. If left to worsen, TMJ disorders can seriously affect your quality of life, preventing you from enjoying daily function and normal jaw movement.
At Melbourne TMJ & Facial Pain Centre, we frequently see patients who have been treated before by many different types of dentists, doctors or therapists but feel like they are not improving. If this sounds like you, then you can rest assured that we understand your frustrations and are here to help. As Physiotherapists with over 27 years of experience assisting people like you, we know what can be done to assist. We are the leading TMJ Physiotherapists & TMJ Dentist for treatment in Armadale, Melbourne.
Our experience with these types of conditions also assists us in making appropriate referrals where necessary. We maintain a trusted network of dental and medical professionals and other specialists who are also experienced in managing TMJ conditions. Our practice is ideally located for residents throughout Melbourne who are seeking TMJ treatment, including Armadale, Prahran, Caulfield, South Yarra and beyond! In fact, many patients travel across the state to seek our help.
As an in-demand TMJ centre in Melbourne, we understand the importance of delivering consistent and thorough treatment plans for each of our valued patients. We work closely with each individual, allowing us to gain an in-depth understanding of their condition, ensuring we can prescribe a course of relevant treatment to deliver effective and lasting pain relief as well as equipping them with skills to better manage in the long term. Our extended one hour initial consultations and pre-screening questionnaires gives each individual the opportunity to tell us their story and for us to take their history, perform a detailed examination and explain everything to them before beginning treatment.
Common signs of a TMJ disorder include jaw pain, stiffness, clicking, and locking. Melbourne residents seeking relief from these painful symptoms should look no further than Melbourne TMJ & Facial Pain Centre.
A clicking jaw that becomes louder, more painful or feels like it’s beginning to cause jaw locking (with restricted opening), should be seen urgently. Jaw joints that are ‘locked closed’- meaning you can only open 2 fingers width instead of 3 fingers width are known as a “closed lock”. These locked joints can become adaptively locked if not unlocked within a maximum of a 2-week window. If this describes your symptoms then please call us on 03 9824 8868 TODAY to book an appointment. We will make every effort to prioritise an appointment for you.
Often, these symptoms are triggered by clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth (bruxism), which is more likely to happen if you experience a lot of stress but may be related to airway issues. Those experiencing worrisome symptoms such as jaw pain, clicking, locking or stiffness can visit our TMJ Centre in Melbourne in the High St Armadale precinct. Sufferers will benefit from our very detailed and specialised approach that includes tailored treatment programs, hands-on TMJ Physiotherapy (manual therapy), helpful self-management exercises, TMJ Dentistry if required and appropriate referral for further investigation or intervention when necessary.
If you want to find effective relief from persistent jaw pain and discomfort, make sure you contact the experienced and dedicated team at our TMJ centre in Melbourne.
Another confronting symptom many suffer from is face pain or sinus type pain. There can be a variety of causes for these symptoms, one of which is pain from musculoskeletal structures. This can be the result of trauma to the neck or face, or it may appear for no known reason. Armadale locals and surrounding Melbourne residents experiencing headaches, facial soreness, or sinus type pain or pressure should seek prompt treatment from our highly regarded TMJ Centre in Melbourne called Melbourne TMJ & Facial Pain Centre, as face pain can become debilitating if left to worsen.
Symptoms of face or sinus type pain can respond well to very specific physiotherapy techniques when the cause of the pain is musculoskeletal. Treatment is gentle and non-invasive, and includes educating you on how you can assist yourself. We work closely with GPs, dental specialists and ENTs (Ear Nose & Throat Specialists), who refer patients to us for treatment when other causes of pain have been ruled out. We are results-focused and expect that if treatment is going to be helpful, it will usually show results within the first few sessions.
Melbourne TMJ & Facial Pain Centre has a clinical team made up of seven TMJ Physiotherapists and one Sleep & TMJ Dentist.
Our experienced jaw specific therapy team are aided by a dedicated and friendly support team who are here to assist you with all your enquiries. To work with a professional and experienced team of jaw specific Therapists and Dentists in Melbourne, contact our team today.
Our Principal Physiotherapist and Clinical Director is Darron Goralsky. Darron has more than 27 years of experience and is the founder of the Goralsky Craniomandibular Method, a very specific approach to managing jaw and face pain related conditions.
Darron has treated thousands of patients as a TMJ specific Physiotherapist, and his team of highly trained Physiotherapists would be happy to assist you. To discuss your needs with Darron and the Melbourne TMJ team, get in touch today.
If you’re considering TMJ therapy in Melbourne, our team can help you decide if it’s the right option. In general, TMJ therapy might be right for you if you’re experiencing jaw pain or face pain and your doctor, dentist, or therapist has been unable to help. You may also be referred to Melbourne TMJ & Facial Pain Centre by another professional. Referrals are not required however to see us at our highly regarded TMJ Centre in Melbourne.
In general, if you are looking for relief from pain and discomfort related to the temporomandibular joint, TMJ therapy may be able to help you.
Our professional relationships, quality of care, and comprehensive treatment plans are just a few of the reasons our clinic is recognised as one of Melbourne’s most trusted TMJ centres.
Our TMJ centre in Melbourne has helped many patients find relief and we would be happy to work closely with you.
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At Melbourne TMJ & Facial Pain Centre, we understand that many of our patients have struggled with their pain and discomfort for years, having seen many different professionals along the way.
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1: Be Brilliant At The Basics.
Sounds so obvious but often the basics are ignored or performed poorly. We pride ourselves on doing the basics brilliantly, from the way we interact with our patients to the structured and comprehensive way in which we provide our physical treatment and guide our patients in self-help techniques.
2: We Genuinely Hear You
So often we see patients who feel that despite seeing others, they have just not been heard. It is a core value of ours to genuinely take the time to listen our patients and really understand their concerns, their goals and aspirations for which they are seeking our help.
3: Fun, Friendly & Focused
When you or our patients enter the practice, you will feel our care and warmth. It is a core value of ours to provide our care in a fun, light-hearted manner, while always remaining laser focussed on achieving great clinical outcomes.
4: Rapid Relief & Lasting Results
Another of our core values is to provide rapid relief of pain and symptoms for those entrusting us with their care. In addition, we strive to help them improve their health and wellbeing by addressing the root causes of their issues and equipping them with self-help skills and education, to ensure lasting results.
5: An Experience More Than You Expect
We go the extra mile to deliver the best patient experience right from the time we first have contact. We hold ourselves accountable to ensure that every single patient’s time with us is as enjoyable and as rewarding as we can make it, while using our clinical skills to truly change lives. This is at the heart of our core values.
As Melbourne continues to be challenged by the everchanging COVID 19 situation, we remain vigilant in our efforts to keep you safe as well as complaint with all advice received from the DHHS and our Professional Bodies. In most recent times we have been permitted to continue to deliver appropriate face-face treatment for essential care.
We will NOT be able to see you for face-to-face consultation however If ANY of the following apply:
REFERRALS – You do not need a referral to see us.
TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS – Despite these being in place from time to time, these do not apply when travelling to a medical type appointment. As such travelling to attend our permitted Allied Health Services has always been permitted.
IN-CLINIC MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE:
Our practice has a COVID – SAFE Plan in place.
We have taken extreme best practice measures to ensure the safety of you, our valued patients and our wonderful team. These have included removing reception furniture, separate waiting areas for each consulting room, enclosing our reception desk with a protective perspex barrier, implementing touchless payment processes, constant surface disinfecting measures, the use of personal protective equipment for our team, taking temperatures (when required) and asking patients to sanitise their hands on entering. We are asking for your help by arriving right on time, wearing a SURGICAL face mask (when required) if you have one, bring a clean towel to lie on and then avoiding touching any surfaces during your appointment.
Please Note: Protective measures implemented will vary based on the guidelines and situation at the time of your visit.