The most common factors causing TMJ problems are teeth grinding and jaw clenching either at night or during the day. Often patients are unaware that they have been clenching their jaw as the dentist may not have mentioned anything, however it may be taking place while the patient is concentrating particularly when they are stressed. Jaw tension can also lead to neck and upper back pain and tension and headaches – so it is worth getting treated holistically by an Osteopath.
Treatment of will most likely involve soft-tissue massage, stretching and joint articulation to release the powerful upper neck and jaw muscles. Sometimes treatment involves the Osteopath gently working intra-orally (in the mouth) and recommending that the patient visits their dentist to have a mouth guard fitted to reduce the effects of teeth clenching.
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