TMJ Dysfunction

At Access Group Physical Therapy, our team of physical therapists work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that includes:

  • Posture education to improve the resting position of your jaw
  • Improved functional capacity and jaw movement exercises
  • Pain reduction through hands-on manual therapy and treatment
  • Strength training for your TMJ and muscles of the jaw to restore a more natural, pain-free motion.

What is TMJ Dysfunction and How Is It Treated?

Your Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. It allows you to move your jaw up and down so you can speak, yawn, and eat. It is unclear what truly causes TMJ dysfunction, but causes may include injury to your jaw or the muscles of the head and neck, grinding or clenching your teeth, arthritis in the joint, or significant stress that results in facial tension. It is estimated that TMJ Dysfunction currently affects more than 10 million people in the United States.

Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction

Common symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction is pain or tenderness in your face, neck, shoulders or around the ear when you move your mouth. Another common symptom is your jaw locking or sticking in place when in the open or closed mouth position. Another indication of TMJ dysfunction is a clicking or popping noise in the jaw joint when you open and close your mouth.

Physical Therapy for TMJ Dysfunction

Physical therapy is a beneficial treatment option for TMJ dysfunction. A physical therapist can help you restore the natural movement in your jaw and decrease overall pain. In addition, your physical therapist can help educate you on proper posture and movement to help alleviate the pain and reduce the risk of the injury recurring.

How We Are Different

Access Group Physical Therapy treats TMJ Dysfunction at each of our locations in Little Canada, Woodbury and Wyoming, MN. Our team of physical therapists will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that includes posture education, improved functional capacity through jaw movement and pain reduction through hands-on manual therapy. We also will work with you to strengthen your TMJ and other muscles of the jaw to restore a more natural, pain-free motion. Give us a call today or contact us to schedule a complimentary injury screening and see why we are specialists in the treatment of TMJ dysfunction.