The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a joint located in the front of each ear. It is responsible for opening and closing your jaw. Problems with this joint can be very painful, and can cause a host of symptoms listed below. When you have TMJ problems, it is often difficult to eat and chew due to pain. You may also experience headaches and or dizziness. The TMJ is greatly affected by posture and often muscle imbalances are present which alter the mechanics of the joint. Your physical therapist will be able to determine this through a thorough evaluation. Because the TMJ is so closely related to the cervical spine, your physical therapist will perform a detailed evaluation of both areas in order to develop an appropriate plan for your treatment.
There are not too many places that deal with TMJ, but I discovered “Health in Balance.” has worked with me for about a year and has guided me to manage pain through physical therapy. Actually, my pain has been reduced considerably and my body benefits from the exercise every day. Her knowledge and experience with TMJ is great!IK - Patient