Jaw Pain

The jaw, or the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is a joint like any other which can get sore and restricted. Jaw pain usually stems from dysfunction with the joint itself, the muscles around it, or both.
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Symptoms of the jaw include pain, clicking and limited movement. Often there is tightness of the muscles around the joint, which can result from clenching or grinding the teeth. Frequently, TMJ pain also contributes to headache and neck pain.
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There is a growing body of research that supports the use of hands-on techniques, exercises and education for TMJ pain (1).
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Your osteopath will thoroughly assess and treat musculoskeletal causes of TMJ pain. For relief, treatment will focus on the neck and jaw. Treatment techniques may include soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation and stretching. Expect some practical advice and simple home exercises to relax your jaw.
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(1) Wright, E. F., & North, S. L. (2009). Management and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders: A Clinical Perspective. The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy17(4), 247–254. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2813497/