We are clinical specialists in state of the art TMJ treatment and rehab protocols. We can develop a program for you that includes learning and practicing techniques for regaining normal jaw movement. We can get patients symptom free in as little as 4 visits. We have a 96% success rate! Please call us to schedule your consult today! 949-716-5050
Our main focus for helping you regain proper jaw mechanics and a pain free life style is proper cervical stretching techniques, releasing tight muscles, and relief of internal myofascial tightness inside the mouth. Physical therapy is an especially important part of recovery from any TMJ injury, as it helps minimize scar tissue formation and muscle tightness.
Many clinics fail to treat TMJ adequately because they fail to understand the mechanics of the joint. We understanding doing unilateral work for TMJ is self defeating. You must address the working side with myofascial release of the pterygoids inside the mouth. Along with distraction and inferior glides of the TMJ (inside the mouth), we also do PRRT release of the hyoids, and ART on the scalenes. We then progress to the balancing side (or non-working side) to facilitate re-alignment with PNF. We have found great success concluding treatment with a cervical re-alignment on the working side, and cervical traction for static release of the scalenes, splenius capitus, and semispinalis.
Some of the physical therapy techniques we use include:
- Jaw exercises to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility and range of motion.
- Heat and DMS therapy to improve blood circulation in the jaw and surrounding musculature.
- Massage techniques including ART, PNF, MET, PRRT to relieve overall muscle tension.
- Training to improve posture and correct jaw alignment.
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), which is the application of a mild electrical current to the skin over the jaw joint. This electrical current is thought to interfere with the body’s pain signals. TENS relaxes muscles, improves blood circulation, and relieves pain. The effectiveness of TENS varies, but it seems to work for most people.
- Movement of the temporomandibular joint, by way of joint mobilizations.
- Ultrasound and Laser therapy, which uses high-frequency sound waves directed to the joint, to reduce pain and swelling and improve circulation.
- Cervical traction and spinal decompression to unload the TMJ load and the upper cervical compression creating peripheral symptoms.
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