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TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. We have two of them, one on either side of our jaw. These joints are the hinge points that move when we open and close our mouths. You can feel the movement by putting the tip of your index fingers just in front of your ears, and then opening and closing your mouth. This blog is here to help you determine how do I know if I have TMJ?
Over the last decade, there has been more recognition regarding the pain and social impact that can occur with dysfunction at these joints. Even more so in the past two years with the introduction of mask-wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Medically, we call this “TMD” which stands for temporomandibular dysfunction. You might find yourself with new-onset or worsening jaw pain and may be wondering if you have TMD. The following is a checklist of things to consider when trying to determine if you should seek treatment for TMD.
The TMJ can benefit significantly from properly prescribed exercise and manual therapy techniques. Like any joint in the body, the TMJ can display poor movement patterns, tight musculature, and poor joint mobility. Your physical therapist can help through techniques such as joint mobilization, massage therapy, dry needling, and therapeutic exercise to help reduce your symptoms. Alongside treatment explicitly geared for your TMJ, your physical therapist would also look at the mechanics of neck and upper back, since these areas can correlate with the function of your jaw.
Don't be afraid to reach out for help - it could be the best decision you make. You deserve to find relief from your worries, and a therapist can help you do just that.
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