Temporomandibular Joint Pain

Jaw pain can be a cause of facial pain, neck pain and headaches in many people and is really manageable with a range of physiotherapy techniques by our expert physiotherapists.

Subiaco Physiotherapy

Jaw & TMJ Pain

Physiotherapy can be effective in treating jaw pain, also known as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, through a combination of manual therapy, exercises, and education. Manual therapy techniques such as mobilisation and soft tissue release can help to improve jaw alignment and reduce muscle tension. Specific exercises to strengthen and stretch the muscles around the jaw and neck can also improve jaw function and reduce pain.

We will also take the time to help identify and educate you on the contributing factors and triggers that lead to your pain. Education on proper posture, relaxation techniques and activities to moderate can help to alleviate stress and tension in the jaw and prevent future TMJ pain.

TMJ Pain Appointment

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Reasons that you might have developed jaw pain

  • TMJ dysfunction or disorder
  • Bruxism or teeth grinding at night
  • Post Surgery Rehabilitation
  • Trauma or injury to the jaw
  • Dental problems such as decay, infection, or abscess
  • Arthritis
  • Stress and tension in the jaw and facial muscles
  • Poor posture or alignment of the neck and spine

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

Physiotherapy can help with jaw pain by addressing the underlying cause of the pain and developing an individualised treatment plan. Here are a few ways that our physiotherapists can help:

  1. Accurate assessment to diagnose the source of the pain and the contributing factors leading towards your symptoms. Knowledge is power, and understanding what is going on with your body is critical to being able to overcome your pain.
  2. Manual therapy techniques, such as mobilisation and release of tight muscles of the jaw and neck, can help to improve jaw alignment and reduce muscle tension.
  3. Exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the jaw and neck can improve jaw function and reduce pain.
  4. Education on proper posture and ergonomics can help to alleviate stress and tension in the jaw and prevent future pain.
  5. Advice around daily (and nightly) habits that need to be curbed or avoided in the short-term while your symptoms settle
  6. Dry needling may be used to relieve muscle tension and pain.
  7. In some cases, our physiotherapists may work closely with a dentist or other healthcare provider to coordinate care and ensure comprehensive treatment.

As with any condition, we aim first to help you to understand your injury or ailment, and then work with you to reduce symptoms and restore function as quickly as possible.

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Services We Provide

We understand that every client is unique and has specific needs when it comes to physical therapy. That’s why we offer a wide range of services and treatment options, tailored to your individual requirements.

Why Choose Subiaco Physiotherapy?

Our Unique Approach To Care

Caring Experts

Our practitioners care about you and your recovery. We’re all deeply involved in your rehabilitation.

Active Recovery

Using active recovery, we promote healing through movement and exercise

Sport Expertise

All of our practitioners are active in sports and use that knowledge to assist you further

On-Site Gym

We’ve dedicated a large space at our clinic to have a fully equipped gym

Easy Gap Only Payments

We Accept 100% of Australian Private Health Insurance Providers

We process your private health insurance claim on the spot via HICAPS. If your insurance policy covers you for our services, you will only need to make the gap payment on the day. Make sure to check your policy with your health insurance provider.

Meet Our Team

Subiaco Physiotherapy Professionals

We are a collective of highly qualified, professional clinicians with a huge variety of experience and expertise in spinal pain, sports injuries, pain management and rehabilitation.

Our staff has an ongoing commitment to further education and self development, as well as contribution to the profession and the wider community.

All team members belong to their respective professional bodies and are registered with AHPRA which exists to improve the health of Australians by supporting world’s best practice in Allied Health. 

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand you might have some questions about Temporomandibular Joint Pain services, treatment & how it can help you.

If you have any more questions, you can always reach out to our friendly team.

You can pick between an in-person consultation at the clinic, or a Telehealth consultation.

Initial appointment
If you’ve never been to the clinic before, or you have but a >12 months ago and this is a new problem

Standard appointment
If you are following up on a previous issue with your physio

Telehealth consultation
For online video consultations that do not require face-to-face assessment and treatment

Extended appointment
For a complex case, a longer appointment time, our Exercise Evaluations & Programs, or CrossFit Performance Screenings

Clinical Exercise (Pilates) Initial Consultation
If you’d like to start into our pilates-based rehab sessions, choose this for your setup consultation

Physio Exercise Class
If you already have an exercise program with us, and would like to join us for some expert feedback and coaching on your program.

Depending on your area of injury, it can be useful for you to be able to move without the restriction of tight clothes. Sporting and exercise attire can make assessment and treatment much easier.

Don’t worry, though, your therapist will have a range of towels and shorts to lend you if you get stuck. We want you to feel completely comfortable during your appointment.

In your first treatment session, you will be greeted at reception and asked to fill out an intake form.

Your physiotherapist will then take you into a consultation room and start with taking your relevant history, establishing what you hope to achieve out of your session and viewing any scans you might have available. They will then take you through a thorough physical assessment and help to establish a clear diagnosis, as well help to identify any contributing factors.

Following this, you will often receive hands-on treatment in the first session (provided it is likely to help you) as well as be provided with an idea of a management plan. Typically, you will be given some preliminary exercises in your first session, although sometimes this is better off left to later sessions, depending on your injury.

We always aim to meet and exceed your expectations!

It’s always difficult to say as it is very dependent on your injury. The initial sessions will typically be about reducing your symptoms, with follow-up sessions being more about helping you to reduce the risk of ongoing pain and dysfunction.

We always aim to keep the number of sessions to the minimum effective amount and pack each session with as much treatment, exercise and valuable education and advice as possible.

We often say that hands-on treatment is your short term answer and that exercise rehabilitation is your long-term solution. So once we have worked with you over a period of time to reduce your symptoms, we will do a few things to reduce the risk of recurrence:

  • Education about when you can and can’t do while exercising
  • Exercise-based rehabilitation with tailored rehab programs
  • Customised return to sport and exercise programs
  • Advice around lifestyle, ergonomics, sleep, and posture

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