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Melbourne TMJ & Facial Pain Centre

Solutions for jaw and face pain

Treatment of TMJ Disorder Melbourne

Our Multifaceted Approach: Treatment Of TMJTMJ disorder is a condition that is commonly overlooked and generally not comprehensively managed. This is due to a lack of awareness that effective specialized physiotherapy exists and is extremely effective. As physiotherapists with special interest in TMJ related conditions, neck pain and headaches, we understand that an effective approach to managing TMJ disorder and face pain must include a multi-faceted approach including:
  1. Treating both inside and outside the mouth to reduce the pain and spasm associated with these conditions and to assist the return of normal TMJ function.
  2. Treating stiffness and spasm in the neck and upper back to assist with reduction of associated symptoms which are often found with TMJ disorder.
  3. Education regarding both sleeping and other postures to ultimately improve head on neck position and thus reduce the load on the TMJ and associated structures.
  4. Assisting to reduce nervous system tension with craniosacral therapy and thus help the body better deal with stress.
  5. Prescription of specific exercises to stretch tight muscles and strengthen others to help normalise TMJ and neck function.
  6. Working in conjunction with your referring dentist or specialist to coordinate any other treatment you may be receiving such as the use of an oral (mouth) splint to protect your teeth from grinding and to help break the cycle of clenching / grinding.
  7. Referral to other specialists with a special interest in TMJ disorder for further assessment / investigation and treatment where necessary.

What to Expect From Your First Consultation (Assessment Consultation)

Assessment: Identifying the cause of your pain and symptoms and making a diagnosis is of paramount importance. On your first consultation, a full history will be taken to identify any previous incidents or episodes that may be contributing to your current situation. This will be followed by a thorough examination of your TMJ and surrounding muscles.  Your general posture and  your neck joints and muscles will also be examined. Examination of your TMJ will involve placing the fingers of a gloved hand into your mouth to examine the muscles and structures of your TMJ. If you are sensitive to latex, please advise us before hand and a vinyl glove will be used instead. Examination of your neck may involve you removing clothing around the neck and upper back. A gown will be provided for you if necessary. Part of your assessment will include looking at your current sleeping position and your pillow. Since many TMJ conditions are worst at night, it’s important to ensure that your head and neck are in a well-supported position. Please bring your pillow with you for us to asses. Treatment: Once we have established what is causing and contributing to your condition, treatment will begin and may include:
  • Working inside your mouth with a gloved hand
  • Treating the muscles around the face
  • Treating the front and back of the neck and upper back
  • Education about how you can help yourself between treatments
  • You will be given a tailored home exercise program to address issues in your jaw and neck function.
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