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Face and Jaw Pain

Dysfunctions of the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, can lead to pain in the chewing muscles and/or jaw joint. Some symptoms include stiffness of the jaw muscles; limited movement or locking of the jaw; painful clicking/popping/grating with opening or closing the mouth; changes in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together; facial pain; neck pain; and even headaches. If you have any of these symptoms, then you are in the right place!

In the past, you may have been told “There isn’t much for you to do. Eat soft foods, don’t chew gum or ice cubes, and apply ice when you feel sore.” We take your TMJ symptoms much more seriously, and we know that TMJ issues can be treated successfully by a skilled Body Gears physical therapist.

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There are numerous factors that influence the function of your TMJ; your general stress level, your daily habits such as gum chewing, and jaw clenching. There are also some “not so obvious” factors, including muscular strain in the neck, shoulders and even INSIDE of your mouth! Your posture and movement patterns could also be contributing to your TMJ issues. Our highly trained therapists will investigate all of these factors in order to provide you with relief.

It is important to understand that the area where you experience your pain is often not the true source of the problem! At Body Gears, our therapists are trained to use their eyes, ears and hands to identify which factors are significant for you and solve the puzzle of your TMJ pain.

Our treatment consists of manual techniques to loosen your tight sore muscles and improve the position and movement of the bones of the jaw, head, neck, upper back, and shoulders; detailed postural analysis and training to improve your awareness and ability to maintain efficient alignment; and specific exercises to strengthen your weak areas and re-train your body to move in a more efficient (and less painful) way — automatically.

At Body Gears, we aren’t afraid of your pain.