How to relieve the pain of TMJ disorder

How To Relieve the Pain of TMJ Disorder

TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a condition that affects the jaw joint. It can cause pain and difficulty opening and closing the mouth. TMJ symptoms can vary from person to person, so it’s important to know what to look for if you think you might have this disorder.

In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at TMJ and discuss some of the most common symptoms. We’ll also provide treatment options for TMJ disorder.

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder?

TMJ disorder can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including pain in the jaw, face, and neck; headaches; ear pain; and clicking or popping sounds when moving the jaw. The exact cause of TMJ disorder is unknown, but it is thought to be related to problems with the muscles and ligaments that control the jaw. Treatment for TMJ often includes a combination of medication and Physical Therapy (Physiotherapy). In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the problem.

Ways to release my neck courtesy of Excite Physiotherapy (Read the caption)

How do you know if you have TMJ and what are the causes of this disorder?

TMJ can be caused by a variety of things, including teeth grinding, misaligned teeth, stress, arthritis, and jaw trauma. Symptoms of TMJ include pain in the jaw, earache, headaches, and TMJ clicking or popping when opening the mouth. If you think you might have TMJ, it’s important to see a Physiotherapist so they can properly diagnose and treat the condition. In most cases, TMJ can be treated with manual therapy, dry needling, exercises and heat or ice. However, in other cases, TMJ may require more aggressive treatment, such as surgery. If you think you might have TMJ, it’s important to see a specially trained Physiotherapist so they can properly diagnose and treat the condition.

What are the treatment options for TMJ and how successful are they typically?

There are several treatment options available for TMJ, but the most successful approach depends on the underlying cause of the condition. For example, if TMJ is caused by teeth grinding, treatment may involve wearing a mouthguard at night to prevent further damage to your teeth. In other cases, physical therapy (Physiotherapy) may be recommended to help stretch and strengthen the muscles around the jaw, and mobilize the joints. Additionally, medications such as pain relievers and muscle relaxants can be used to help manage TMJ symptoms. While TMJ can be a chronic and debilitating condition, there are several effective treatment options available to help manage the pain and improve function.

What should you expect from treatment for TMJ and how can you ensure that you're getting the most out of your therapy sessions?

Treatment for TMJ typically includes Physiotherapy and exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the jaw. In some cases, splints or braces may be used to stabilize the jaw. Surgery is only considered in severe cases. If you are seeking treatment for TMJ, it is important to find a qualified therapist who has experience treating TMJ. Be sure to ask about their success rate in treating TMJ and what you can expect from therapy. With proper treatment, most people with TMJ can find relief from their symptoms.

If you're struggling with TMJ, don't hesitate to reach out for help - there are plenty of resources available to you!

If you’re struggling with TMJ, it’s important to seek out help. There are a number of resources available to you, and there is no need to suffer in silence. TMJ can be treated by a number of different methods, so don’t hesitate to reach out for help. There are plenty of experts who can help you find relief from TMJ. With the right treatment, you can get your life back on track. So don’t hesitate to seek out help – there are plenty of resources available to you.

If you think you might have TMJ, it’s important to understand the symptoms, causes, and treatment options so that you can get the most out of your therapy sessions. Physiotherapy is an effective treatment for TMJ-related pain. We can help you understand the mechanics of your jaw and provide exercises to alleviate the tension in your jaw muscles. We may also use dry needling (IMS), massage, ultrasound, and other soft tissue techniques to reduce pain and inflammation. Book an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists today.

Neck treatment courtesy of Excite Physiotherapy


This appointment is your opportunity to tell us what hurts and discover whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care is a good fit for you! During this session, you will talk with a physiotherapist or chiropractor on a phone call (or online) and create the right care plan specifically for your pain. There is no obligation on this session is to find out whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care can help you getting back to doing the things you love in life.

Frequently Asked Questions

In some cases, TMJ disorder may go away on its own, but it is also important to see a Physiotherapist if the symptoms are severe or if they are not improving with self-care measures.  In most cases, TMJ can be effectively managed with a combination of medication, physical therapy (Physiotherapy), and lifestyle changes.


If left untreated, TMJ can lead to serious complications, such as TMJ arthritis, TMJ disc displacement, and TMJ ankylosis. While TMJ is often treated with conservative measures such as manual therapy and exercises, more severe cases may require surgery. In any case, it is important to seek treatment for TMJ in order to avoid these potential complications.

TMJ is a common disorder that can affect people of all ages. However, it is most commonly diagnosed in adults between the ages of 20 and 50.

About Christine Pratt

Christine completed her Bachelors of Science in Human Kinetics and went on to complete her Masters in Physiotherapy. Since graduating, Christine has completed extensive post-graduate education including most recently receiving her Diploma of Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy and becoming a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists, the highest credentials given to a Physiotherapist in Canada. She also has training in Gunn IMS, ImPACT Concussion Management, TMJ Dysfunction, and Vestibular Rehabilitation. Christine has had the opportunity to work closely with elite athletes and weekend warriors alike, including Canadian Champion Wakeboarders, OHL Hockey players, Division 1 College Basketball Players and World Class Wrestlers. In her spare time, Christine enjoys cycling, snowboarding, and CrossFit.

Medical Disclaimer:

The information presented in this blog post is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as medical advice. If you are seeking medical advice, treatment or a diagnosis, consult with a medical professional such as one suggested on this website. The Clinic Accelerator Inc. and the author of this page are not liable for the associated risks of using or acting upon the information contained in this article.

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