The neck and jaw are so closely related both anatomically and functionally. It is no wonder why many patients have never thought that their neck pain is actually caused by the jaw.
In most cases, these jaw pains and discomforts are temporary and can be relieved with non-surgical treatments such as Physiotherapy.
One of the most common problems reported for causing jaw pain is temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
The TMJ connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull (temporal bone) in front of the ear. Certain facial muscles that control chewing are also attached to the lower jaw. Problems in this area can affect the head and neck too.
Any issue related to the TMJ can contribute and boost the factors of physical trauma, bruxism and inflammation. It is therefore important to seek medical attention if you have persistent pain or tenderness in your jaw, or if you cannot open or close your jaw completely.
There are two basic symptoms of TMJ disorders: pain and decrease in jaw mobility. Physiotherapy treatments have been reported to be successful in bringing a significant reduction in the severity of these symptoms.
In addition, trigger point therapy and soft tissue release can help decrease the tension of the jaw, neck muscles and facial muscles. These modalities utilise mobilisation techniques to reduce pain and facilitate movement.
Combining manual therapy with jaw massage has been proven to be effective too. A professional clinical massage can promote flexibility in the jaw and increase blood circulation in the area.
TMJ disorders are known for causing stress and anxiety. When the pain is always on your mind and you do not know when it will flare up next, it becomes a contributing factor for your stress.
Incidentally, stress can also exacerbate TMJ symptoms and cause you headaches. Many people clench and grind their teeth during periods of stress, which can fatigue your jaw joint or cause a bad bite to form. The resulting tension in your jaw can strain your neck and shoulder muscles and cause soreness and stiffness.
Managing your stress with easy stress-relief techniques may help you manage your TMJ pain. Likewise, treating painful conditions such as TMJ can help you relieve your stress.
Jaw pain affects your quality of life when simple everyday activities become painful. Turning to Physiotherapy can be one of the best decisions to make.
At PhysioActive, we have specialised therapists who undergo specific training in TMJ, C-Spine and cranial techniques. Our treatments are directed towards decreasing muscle tightness, reducing inflammation, improving range of motion, and eliminating pain.
Book an appointment today and let us help you restore movement and function with proven solutions!