TMJ Rehabilitation

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
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The temporomandibular (TMJ) is one of the most used joints in the body and is responsible for controlling movement in our jaws. Used daily, these joints are attributed to our capabilities for speech, swallowing, breathing, and eating and when the TMJ are in dysfunction, any of these activities are affected. The ligaments that help move and protect the TMJ can also cause pain. Because of this, TMJ is not only a dental concern, but also a musculoskeletal.
Some causes of TMJ dysfunction are:

  • Disc displacement: the disc connected to TMJ can sublux or dislocate and cause painful clicking, popping or locking
  • Arthritis: both osteo from overusing or trauma and rheumatoid due to an autoimmune problem that can affect the joint
  • Muscular: repetitive auto use (bruxism, chewing gum, nails, etc.) that affects the disc and joint surfaces
  • Trauma such as dental work like wisdom tooth extraction or sustained positions of TMJ during any dental procedure
Some causes of TMJ dysfunction are:

  • Disc displacement: the disc connected to TMJ can sublux or dislocate and cause painful clicking, popping or locking
  • Arthritis: both osteo from overusing or trauma and rheumatoid due to an autoimmune problem that can affect the joint
  • Muscular: repetitive auto use (bruxism, chewing gum, nails, etc.) that affects the disc and joint surfaces
  • Trauma such as dental work like wisdom tooth extraction or sustained positions of TMJ during any dental procedure
TMJ dysfunction is often associated with headache pain, neck and shoulder pain due to the nerves that are found in this area of the body. Here in Downtown Physiotherapy and Health, we use a team approach to rehabilitate TMJ by involving the use of a mouth appliance fabricated by a specialized dental practitioner as an addition to physical therapy. Our TMJ physical therapy in Vancouver uses an approach that includes a full musculoskeletal evaluation and treatment including postural reeducation of the facial and neck muscles.

Downtown Physiotherapy and Health in Vancouver uses manual therapy to stretch and release tight myofacial tissues. We also help in easing mobilization of stiff joints capsules and ligaments that help increase range of motion. We are specially knowledgeable on the importance that proper exercises and ergonomic education have in preventing further problems with TMJ and in the rehabilitation process of TMJ dysfunction.

Our TMJ Rehabilitation treatments are designed to help you start feeling like yourself again, and we get there through nothing short of committed and quality care. We at Downtown Health & Physiotherapy are devoted to helping all of our patients feel better and more able. Our treatment methods involve using the latest in TMJ rehabilitation technology and equipment, meaning you can rest assured that you are getting the best treatment possible.

TMJ dysfunction can be a crippling condition that affects your daily life and routines in more ways than one. You may feel that you have difficulties both at home as well as in public if you

suffer from TMJ dysfunction. Our experienced and friendly team can help you get on the path to recovery. We aim to make the treatment process easy and safe, meaning you can enjoy an experience that is free of worry or pain. TMJ dysfunction does not need to be a burden when you have access to the right forms of treatment. Downtown Health & Physiotherapy can guide you to a full recovery and ensure you are safe and comfortable throughout the entire process. Get in touch with us today to undergo a free consultation in which you can speak to an expert to discuss your treatment options.