TMJ

About TMJ

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What is TMJ?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. It allows you to move your jaw up and down and side to side, which is necessary for talking, chewing, and yawning. TMJ disorder (TMD) refers to a range of conditions that can cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. Some common symptoms of TMD include jaw pain or stiffness, clicking or popping sounds when you open and close your mouth, headaches, earaches, and difficulty opening your mouth wide. TMD can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury to the jaw joint, grinding or clenching of teeth, stress, and arthritis. Treatment options may include medications, physical therapy, splints or mouthguards, and in some cases, surgery.

What are the symptoms of TMJ problems?

The symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can vary depending on the severity of the condition, but some common symptoms include:

Pain or tenderness in the jaw joint, face, neck, or shoulders

Clicking or popping sounds when you open and close your mouth

Difficulty opening your mouth wide or locking of the jaw

Aching pain in or around the ear

Headaches or migraines

Earaches or tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

Swelling on one or both sides of the face

Feeling tired or fatigued in the jaw muscles

Uncomfortable or painful bite

Toothaches, neck aches, dizziness or hearing problems, such as hearing loss, may also occur.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should consult with your dentist or healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.

How do Osteopaths treat TMJ issues?

Osteopaths can use a variety of techniques to help treat TMJ, depending on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. Here are some common approaches an osteopath may use:


Soft tissue techniques
Osteopaths may use soft tissue techniques to help relieve muscle tension and pain in the jaw and surrounding areas. This may involve massage, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy.

Cranial osteopathy
Cranial osteopathy is a gentle technique that can help balance the cranial bones and the muscles and tissues in the head and neck. It can be helpful in treating TMJ as it can help to restore proper alignment of the jaw and relieve pressure on the joint.

Joint mobilization
Osteopaths can use joint mobilization techniques to help restore proper movement and function to the jaw joint. This may involve gentle stretching, traction, or manipulation of the joint.


Exercise therapy
Osteopaths can prescribe exercises to help improve range of motion, strength, and flexibility in the jaw and surrounding muscles. This may include stretching, strengthening, and relaxation techniques.

Lifestyle modifications
Osteopaths can also provide advice on lifestyle modifications that can help reduce the risk of TMJ or aggravate existing symptoms. This may include diet modifications, stress reduction techniques, and proper posture.

It’s important to note that the appropriate treatment for TMJ will depend on the individual’s specific needs and condition. Osteopaths work collaboratively with other healthcare providers to ensure that patients receive the most appropriate care.

TMJ Treatment In Leeds:

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What our patients say

Naakesha Michl
Naakesha Michl
2024-06-03
Staff from reception to physio absolutely excellent. Couldn't recommend enough- I saw Aisha for a Mummy MOT and wholeheartedly recommend.
Marta Seiler
Marta Seiler
2024-06-03
My awful pain reduced in one settion by Emma. More than grateful to be able to move
Rachel Fleming
Rachel Fleming
2024-06-03
I had an appointment for my 16 week old baby and for myself with Simon Barron. My baby has been having some feeding issues and trapped wind. Instantly I felt heard, and in safe hands. Simon is so knowledgeable and explained why we might be having these problems & why the baby might be a bit tense in certain areas. It all made sense finally. Simon was gentle and so good with my baby (he really enjoyed it and was all smiles!) Simon taught us exercises and techniques to try at home with the baby and they are already helping him. I’m so grateful we found Simon and will be returning frequently. Don’t fret if you’re wondering about doing this for your baby, it’s 100% worth it!
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Jacqueline Randall
2024-05-28
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MICHAEL JOHNSTON
2024-05-28
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Reka Janovszki
Reka Janovszki
2024-05-24
Simon and Josh are two of the best Osteopaths I’ve seen at Good Health for my sport injuries. They have helped me prepare for Hyrox, treated running and cycling injuries. I’d highly recommend them both!
Hussein Aoni
Hussein Aoni
2024-05-18
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stephen ongley
2024-05-17
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Alex Matza
2024-05-10
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Helen Fitton
Helen Fitton
2024-05-08
I have used the Good Health centre over many years. Seb, one of the osteopaths, helps me maintain a quality of life that I wouldn't otherwise enjoy. He is always patient and kind, and treats me with respect. The receptionists are always cheerful, and make one feel welcome. I would highly recommend.