TMJ Dysfunction

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint where the skull’s temporal bone connects to the lower jaw bone also known as the mandible. This joint opens and closes like a hinge and slides forward, backward, and side-to-side. TMJ dysfunction occurs as a result of problems with the joint itself or tension in the muscles around it. Symptoms of TMJ dysfunction include pain in the jaw or ear, decreased range of motion in the jaw, pain or noise with eating, and headache. At Bodyworks Physical Therapy, your therapist may use several different strategies to improve your TMJ dysfunction. These include manual therapy to increase range of motion, reposition the disc, decrease muscle tightness, and reduce stress to the joint. Treatment also includes education about posture and self-management activities designed to help you maintain normal, pain-free mobility and function.