Darron Goralsky is the 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 Jeffery Okeson.
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 associated symptoms commonly extend beyond the jaw (TMJ) and face structures and include areas such as the back of the head (cranium) and the neck and can create symptoms such as headache, ear ache / blocking / light headedness or dizziness / brain fog and neck pain.
It has been the Dental Profession who have in the past been tasked with managing TMD. In addition to the traditional Dental approach which often involves prescription of an occlusal splint and sometimes medication, Darron realised the need to also address TMD from a more Physiotherapy type perspective which involves standard principals of hands-on joint and muscle treatment techniques in the same way that other musculoskeletal conditions are known to best respond to. Darron’s approach also accounts for the cranial / head-neck component of these conditions which have a functional impact on TMJ mechanics.
Darron understood that identifying and improving lifestyle factors that may be contributing to TMD and associated issues, needs to be addressed as part of a comprehensive approach. Finally, he understands the important roles that other Dental and Medical disciplines play in the management of TMD at its various stages when required.
The Goralsky Craniomandibular Method – Integrated Approach To Management Of TMD & Facial Pain is the hallmark of our approach at Melbourne TMJ & Facial Pain Centre. All our Physiotherapists undergo extensive training and ongoing mentoring with Darron in his approach, ensuring that patients can expect the same, consistent, high levels of care no matter who their treating therapist is. He has also incorporated very specific Dental management of TMD in his approach, 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.
Darron and the Team are passionate about staying on the cutting edge, always continuing their professional development and The Goralsky Craniomandibular Method is always evolving to incorporate new techniques and updates from current research.
Darron and his approach are highly regarded. He lectures to qualified Dentists in their PD program at Melbourne Dental School and has presented at the Australia New Zealand Academy of Orofacial Pain (ANZAOP) Conference as well as to the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) recent graduates’ group.
Our dedicated team are looking forwards to helping you too, overcome your TMD related issues.
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 have 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 24 years of experience assisting people like you, we know what we can do to help you, being the leading TMJ Physiotherapists for treatment in Armadale, Melbourne.
Our experience with these types of conditions also assists us to make appropriate referrals where necessary to a trusted group of Dental and other Specialists who are also experienced managing TMJ conditions. Our practice is the local to residents throughout Melbourne seeking TMJ treatment, including Armadale, Prahran, Caulfield, South Yarra and well beyond! In-fact many patients travel across the state to seek our help.
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 been seen urgently. Jaw joints that are locked closed so you can only open 2 fingers width (“closed lock”), can become adaptively locked if not unlocked within a maximum of 2-week window. If this describes your symptoms then please call us on 03 9824 8868 TODAY to book an appointment.
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. Those experiencing worrisome symptoms such as jaw pain, clicking, locking or stiffness can visit our Armadale clinic for tailored treatment programs, hands-on manual therapy, helpful self-management exercises and appropriate referrals.
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 musculo-skeletal structures. This can be the result of trauma to the neck or face or may appear for no known reason. Melbourne's Armadale and surrounding suburbs residents experiencing headaches, facial soreness, sinus type pain should seek prompt treatment from 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 musculo-skeletal. Treatment is gentle and non-invasive and includes educating you on how you can assist yourself. We work closely with GP's, Dental Specialists and ENTs (Ear Nose & Throat Specialists) who refer patients to us for treatment when other sources of the pain have been ruled-out. We are results focused and expect that if treatment is going to be helpful it will usually do so within the first few sessions. Don't Delay CALL 03 98248868 today to arrange an appointment.
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