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TMJ Disorders & Facial Pain

TMJ Disorders and Facial Pain

The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are highly intricate joints in the human body, involving multiple muscles that enable the mandible to move in various directions such as up-down, side-to-side, and forward-backward. When the mandible and the TMJs are in the correct position and function harmoniously, it allows for seamless muscle actions such as talking, chewing, yawning, and swallowing. However, when there is a misalignment or lack of coordination between the muscles, ligaments, disk, jaw bone, and temporal bone, it can lead to various problems. The many complex contributing factors to TMJ pain and other TMD symptoms often necessitate a skilled multi-disciplinary team for management and treatment. In many cases, orofacial myofunctional therapy should be included in a TMD treatment plan. When TMJ pain and other symptoms of TMD are caused by issues with the muscles used for chewing and swallowing, targeting the function of those muscle groups with Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) can be an excellent, non-invasive way to help address the pain. Overall, OMT can be a valuable part of a comprehensive treatment plan for TMJ disorders and facial pain. At Breathworks Myofunctional Therapy, we work collaboratively with your TMJ specialist to help you address the underlying muscle imbalances and dysfunctions that contribute to these conditions, and improve overall function and quality of life. If you are experiencing TMJ or facial pain, contact Breathworks Myofunctional Therapy for a FREE 30-mintue Screening.