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TMJ Treatment - Myofunctional Therapy

Updated: Mar 17

Disorders of the temporomandibular joint impact the muscles and joints of your jaw. Speaking and chewing can both be made difficult, if not impossible, by a severe TMD. TMDs can also result in a locked jaw and cause jaw discomfort, headaches, eye pain, ear pain, or fullness, as well as clicking or popping in the joint.

Most of the time, soreness in the muscles or around the jaw joint does not indicate a major issue. In general, these conditions only cause intermittent, brief discomfort that frequently comes in cycles. Eventually, the discomfort fades gone with little or no treatment. However, some people experience serious, persistent problems.

Signs and Symptoms

People react differently to different jaw joint and chewing muscle disorders. The three primary categories of conditions, according to researchers, are as follows:

  1. Myofascial pain is characterized by discomfort or pain in the jaw-controlling muscles.

  2. A dislocated jaw, misplaced disc, or condyle damage are examples of internal joint derangement.

  3. The temporomandibular joint may be impacted by a set of degenerative/inflammatory joint illnesses referred to as arthritis.

The symptoms of TMJ issues can range widely. The most prevalent symptom is pain, particularly in the chewing muscles and/or jaw joint. Other possible symptoms include

  1. a change in the facial expression,

  2. radiating discomfort in the face, jaw, or neck, jaw muscle stiffness,

  3. limited jaw movement

  4. locking of the jaw.

Myofunctional Therapy - Conservative, Non-Surgical Treatment

The National Institutes of Health's TMJ states that choosing the safest, reversible therapies is highly advised. Conservative treatments don't entail surgery or intrude on the face, jaw, or joint tissues.

At TASL Therapy Consultants in Houston, Texas, our myofunctional therapy program for TMJ issues is a conservative, non-surgical kind of treatment that not only eliminates your pain and tension but also aids in

  • Maintaining and acquiring the right tools to manage your TMJ problems.

  • Directing you through proper stretches and exercises,

  • Focuses on passive and active ranges of motion exercises that can enhance your speaking and swallowing function.

At TASL, the myofunctional therapist's job is to create a personalized treatment plan for you that will help you control your jaw's strength and range of motion so that you can swallow and chew properly and relieve your discomfort and tension.

If you are showing signs of any of these symptoms schedule a free 15 minute online consultation with our expert level therapists.

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