TMJ & TMD

Do you experience any of the following symptoms?

  • Do you have neck, shoulder, or TMJ pain? 

  • Do you have headaches? 

  • Is there clicking or locking of your jaw? 

  • Do you experience ringing or pressure in your ears? 

  • All of these symptoms may be indicative of dysfunctions that physical therapy can treat, including TMD (temporal mandibular joint dysfunction).

 

Physical Therapy can help you:

  • Decrease in pain and altered bite

  • Restore function

  • Resume normal daily activities



Our therapists use the evidence-based diagnostic protocol outlined in the Research Diagnostic Criteria for TMD*.  For over 20 years, this has been the gold standard for providing reliable tests and measures for distinguishing and treating TMD patients.  Our therapists are highly skilled in manual therapy for both the TMJ and cervical spine, which is essential as the prevalence of cervical pain coexisting with TMD is 70%.  The cervical spine can be a source of head, mouth and facial pain.



We also use therapeutic exercise for the TMJ and cervical spine to normalize muscle function and support good posture to reduce strain.  If needed, modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, heat and ice can be used to reduce pain and inflammation.

One of the most important components of a successful treatment outcome for TMD and cervical pain is patient education.  We teach you about your problem, what you can do to help yourself, and what activities to avoid to minimize further problems. 

 

*Dworkin SF, LeResche L. Research diagnostic criteria for temporomandibular disorders: Review, criteria, examinations and specifications, critique.  J Craniomandib Disord 1992; 6:301-355

730 NW Gilman Blvd, C 108 * Issaquah, WA 98027 * 425-391-6794

Restore Balance to Your Body.