Jaw Pain

A common cause of Hedaches  can be jaw imbalance and teeth grinding. Symptoms from jaw imbalance 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. It is also important to identify the cause of the TMJ stressor.

Depending on you presentation an osteopath may:

  • work on your general mobility
  • improve the mobility of your ribs and thoracic and cervical spine
  • investigate muscular tension, nerve compression and inflammation
  • advise on posture, exercise and stretching to help prevent a recurrence of symptoms
  • offer guidance on diet and preventing dehydration
  • advise on improving the ergonomics of your home or workplace.

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Research:

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.