Jaw pain

Jaw pain, also known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction, is the joint between the mandible and the temporal bone. Females are more affected by TMJ dysfunction. Causes can include malocclusion, trauma, stress, forceful dental extraction, repeated teeth grinding or muscular imbalance.

Symptoms can include clicking of the joint, jaw and neck pain, stiffness, tenderness on palpation around the ear, headache or pain on opening the mouth/eating.

Osteopathy can help relax the muscles of mastication and look at how the neck, jaw, temporal bones and pelvis are moving. We can work with dentists or orofacial practitioners to help support the changes brought by splints, braces or TMJ exercises. It is also important to identify the cause of the TMJ stressor.

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Cuccia AM, Caradonna C, Annunziata V, Caradonna D

Published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies Vol 14 (2) pages 179-184 2010

The two therapeutic modalities had similar clinical results in patients with TMD, even if the use of medication was greater in CCT group. The OMT group required significantly less medication (non-steroidal medication and muscle relaxants). Our findings suggest that OMT is a valid option for the treatment of TMD.

Tuncer AB, Ergun N, Tuncer AH, Karahan S

Published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies Volume 17, Issue 3, July , Pages 302–308 2013

Our results suggest that a four-week period of MT–HPT has a clinically significant effect on both pain and pain-free maximum mouth opening in patients with TMD.

Monaco A, Cozzolino V, Cattaneo R, Cutilli T, Spadaro A

Published in the Eur J Paediatr Dent Mar;9(1):37-42 2008

The results of this study suggest that OMT can induce changes in the stomatognathic dynamics, offering a valid support in the clinical approach to TMD. Multifactorial genesis of chronic disorders is also confirmed.