TMJ Pain Brisbane

TMJ pain Brisbane

Written by Roger Morelli, Myotherapist

This article explains what to do about TMJ Pain Brisbane. We’ll discuss what TMJ pain is caused by, what TMJ symptoms are and how to rapidly reduce jaw pain with TMJ massage, Dry Needling, Cold Laser and Myotherapy. (3 minute reading time)

What’s TMJ?

The joint where the jawbone attaches to the skull is called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Healthy function of the TMJ is necessary for fundamental tasks such as opening and closing the mouth, eating, chewing and of course – yawning.

TMJ pain is referred to as Temporal Mandibular Dysfunction (TMD)

Approximately 12% of people suffer from TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction and women are 9 times more likely to suffer from it than men.

What is TMJ pain?

The main causes of TMJ pain are teeth grinding, trauma (fractures, dislocation and muscle tears), habitual clenching and dental procedures. TMD usually involves jaw pain and commonly has audible symptoms – grinding, clicking, popping and crunching. Headaches and Migraines are frequently associated with TMJ pain and tension.

What are the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction?

Because the TMJ never relaxes and is working 24/7 it becomes very obvious when it is unhappy.

Symptoms of TMJ dysfunction may include:

  • Audible jarring symptoms such as crunching/grinding – as well as clicking and popping
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and popping in the ears
  • locking of the jaw
  • referred pain to the face and eyes
  • Habitual clenching (bruxism)
  • difficulty opening and closing the mouth,
  • phantom toothache (tooth pain without cause)
  • Migraine and headache

How does it happen?

The most common causes of TMJ pain are:

  • suffering an impact injury to the jaw.
  • fracturing the jaw (symptoms can develop gradually after recovery)
  • Dental procedures which have traumatised the jaw.
  • Dental accessories such as a dental splint

What should you do?

TMJ massage Brisbane

Don’t be discouraged by long-standing jaw pain – even if you feel you’ve tried everything and everyone – we can help. One of the most effective ways to rapidly reduce TMJ pain is jaw massage. An experienced Remedial Massage Therapist or Myotherapist can improve pain and function in as little as one session.

We’ll assess the cause of your dysfunction and utilise pain reducing techniques such as:

  • dry needling
  • TMJ massage (inside the mouth and out)
  • Cold laser to reduce tension and inflammation
  • joint mobilisations.

What shouldn’t you do?

Don’t be discouraged if your GP or other health professional has told you that you have degeneration or osteoarthritis in the jaw. Reducing tension in overactive muscles and learning to use underactive muscles will quickly reduce symptoms.

How is the condition treated?

The first step is to reduce tone in the muscle of the TMJ. This can be achieved without anyone sticking their fingers in your mouth usually – but working within the oral cavity itself is extremely effective. If the tension in the muscle is too severe for touch your myotherapist can utilise Dry Needling to reduce tension, which is not particularly painful. Cold laser is an excellent no pain option to reduce muscle tone before applying physical touch to the structures.

FAQ’s

Who treats tmj symptoms?

TMJ pain is a complex, yet manageable condition. The list of clinicians who assist in empowering people with TMD are dentists, myotherapists, remedial massage therapists, physiotherapists and GP’s.

What causes TMJ symptoms?

The main causes of TMJ pain are teeth grinding, trauma (fractures, dislocation and muscle tears), habitual clenching and dental procedures.

Is massage good for TMJ?

Remedial Massage is extremely effective at reducing the tension in overactive TMJ muscles – which are contributing the TMJ pain.

Is dry needling good for TMJ?

Dry needling has been shown to have strong evidence in the reduction of muscular dysfunction and tension associated with TMJ dysfunction.

Are tmj and trigeminal neuralgia related?

There is a higher likelihood of trigeminal neuralgia in those with TMJ dysfunction.

Are tmj and tinnitus related?

Tinnitus can be caused by a number of factors including exposure to noise – however, tinnitus is a common symptom of TMJ dysfunction from overactive TMJ muscles. TMJ Remedial Massage will usually reduce the severity of tinnitus symptoms.

Are tmj and vertigo related?

TMJ dysfunction can cause dizziness and vertigo.

What are tmj symptoms?
  • Audible jarring symptoms such as crunching/grinding – as well as clicking and popping
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and popping in the ears
  • locking of the jaw
  • referred pain to the face and eyes
  • Habitual clenching (bruxism)
  • difficulty opening and closing the mouth,
  • phantom toothache (tooth pain without cause)
  • Migraine and headache
What are tmj headaches?

The muscular imbalances caused by TMJ dysfunction can result in tension headaches and are triggers for migraines. The mechanism of all the headache types associated with TMJ symptoms is not always clear, but usually involves nerve compression, blood flow restriction or muscular tension.

What are tmj treatments?

At Knead Massage Brisbane our treatments for TMJ dysfunction include Remedial Massage to the TMJ muscles (inside the mouth and outside), Cold Laser to reduce nerve irritation and muscle tension, Dry needling to reduce overactive muscle tone and joint mobilisations to assist in the function of the mouth such as opening and shutting with less noise and pain.

Can tmj cause eye pain?

It is common for TMJ pain to refer into the face, teeth and eyes.

Can tmj cause neck pain?

It is common for TMJ pain to create muscular stiffnes in the neck and shoulder. It is also a common stress response to pain in general.

Can tmj cause headaches?

TMJ dysfunction is highly likely to cause headaches and migraines.

TMJ what causes it?

One of the most common causes of TMJ pain is impact to the jaw. If you’ve had an accident or injury involving the jaw, it can create dysfunction.

If you have ever fractured your jaw, it is optimal to have some rehabilitation to recondition the muscles - so that you are able to effortlessly open and close the mouth and easily eat, drink and speak. A lot of TMJ massage is performed on people who have had a fractured jaw.

Dental procedures can traumatise the jaw and lead to TMJ pain. Dental accessories such as a dental splint may also cause TMJ dysfunction - as grinding the teeth on the splint can insult the TMJ.

Where is tmj pain felt?

TMJ pain is often experienced in the eyes, face, teeth neck, head and jaw.

Links

https://www.colgate.com.au/oral-health/conditions/temporomandibular-disorder/what-are-the-symptoms-of-tmj-disorder
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-23181650
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-15823276
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317706.php
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tmj/symptoms-causes/syc-20350941
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/gross-side-effects-chewing-gum/story?id=21641305
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/Healthday/story?id=4508481&page=1
https://www.menshealth.com/health/a19521785/teeth-grinding/

References

https://comum.rcaap.pt/bitstream/10400.26/29415/1/Poster_AP_2019_06.pdf
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Yoshiki_Imamura3/publication/304397551_Headache_attributed_to_temporomandibular_disorders_and_masticatory_myofascial_pain/links/5787247908aec5c2e4e2fce6/Headache-attributed-to-temporomandibular-disorders-and-masticatory-myofascial-pain.pdf
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0333102416686302
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30936004
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6086942/
http://www.quintpub.com/userhome/ijp/ijp_33_1_Rehm_p9.pdf
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/a542/ca0cfa02e7eb06d79782684b59fbca7b8704.pdf
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/9959/8f4ccc5d7d768fdb1ac2332c81b6bbc7cb80.pdf

Roger Morelli
Roger Morelli is a Myotherapist at Knead Massage in Brisbane CBD. He loves helping clients improve their quality of life with effective Myotherapy and corrective exercise treatments. He has a special interest in lower limb issues after experiencing a life changing car accident 20 years ago.
Roger Morelli
Roger Morelli

Latest posts by Roger Morelli (see all)

Learn more about Knead Massage

Simply browse our services to find what’s right for you, alternatively pick up the phone and give us a call. We love to help our customers find the best solutions for their health.

Opening Hours

Level 3, 233 Albert Street, Brisbane Qld 4000

T: 07 3003 0801

Mon & Tues 7.30am - 7.30pm
Wed - Fri 7.30am - 9pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm