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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What causes temporomandibular joint disorder?

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    Helen Potter

    Physiotherapist

    As a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, with extensive experience and highly advanced qualifications, as well as excellent communication skills, I can help you to: Become informed ... View Profile

    TMJ problems

     
    Our small jaw joints actually cope with huge forces when we bite and even more if we grind our teeth at night. The surrounding cheek and tongue muscles can shorten and become overactive adding more compression and uneven shear stresses to the joints.
     
    Even how we sit or tense our shoulders and neck can change the pressure on the jaw joints.
     
    Physiotherapy assessment and treatment of TMJ can be very helpful but collaboration with your dentist or orthotist may give a more optimal outcome.

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    Dr Ryan Hislop

    Chiropractor

    Dr Ryan Hislop, Chiropractor is situated in Mudgee with the team from Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. He has a special interest in sports chiropractic ... View Profile

    The TMJ is a complex joint that responsible for more than purely mastication, breathing and speech. It also plays a prominent biomechanical role in balancing the head on the neck. This is due to the front of the head being lighter than the back due to the numerous cavities (eyes, mounth, nasal cavity, sinuses etc). For this reason, changes in neck and head position greatly influence the angles the TMJ needs to operate under.

    Along with implications due to malignment of teeth, posture plays a large role in the development of TMJD.

    In a typical case, the majority of pain is muscular, however pain can develop within the joint as well.


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