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TMJ Dysfunction

To treat TMJ problems, Arnot Health’s physical therapists design an individualized treatment program based on the results of an evaluation targeting posture, body mechanics, habits, range of motion, and strength.  Individualization means specialized techniques and technology, but also paying attention to the needs and questions of the patient.

Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) is the technical name for the jaw joint. The essential functions of the TMJ are to allow opening and closing the mouth, chewing, swallowing, and speaking and chewing.  Common symptoms of TMJ dysfunction include:

  • Headaches
  • Pain and/or swelling in the face
  • Pain located in the jaw joint, sometimes spreading to the ear
  • Frequently locking jaw during opening and closing of mouth
  • Decreased range of movement while opening the jaw
  • Sensation of changed alignment of the jaw
  • Neck, shoulder, and middle back pain


Arnot Health offers comprehensive treatment for TMJ problems resulting from:

  • Other joint diseases
  • Trauma
  • Gender (women are more susceptible for developing TMJ problems)
  • Aging
  • Posture and body mechanics
  • Forceful and frequent chewing
  • Dental procedures
  • Stress and intibation
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