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Have you ever chewed a piece of gum too long or had to smile for photos for an hour or two? Your jaw muscles may have been sore and tired, maybe even tight and painful!
Perhaps this only happens to you occasionally, but for some people temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain and disorders are chronic and constant. There are multiple causes for TMJ pain but a variety of treatment options for anyone suffering with TMJ issues.
TMJ disorders present in a number of ways. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms you may have a TMJ issue:
Intra-oral TMJ massage involves massaging jaw muscles from inside the mouth (with gloves), in addition to the cheeks, neck, and jaw. TMJ massage targets muscles used for chewing, talking, and moving the jaw that regular massage would not reach. Intra-oral massage can address pain and tightness for the symptoms above in as little as one appointment.
Pam Fouillard is one of Leduc Physio’s Registered Massage Therapists, and she is certified in Intra-oral Massage. You can add an Intra-oral TMJ massage to any appointment, just discuss TMJ problems with Pam at your next appointment!
Book your TMJ massage with her HERE.
IMS uses acupuncture needles to penetrate muscle tissue. It is used to diagnose and treat muscles that have contracted and become shortened from distress. Normal muscle tissue is painless; however, a shortened, super-sensitive muscle will ‘grasp’ the needle in what can be described as a cramping sensation.
IMS lengthens and relaxes the shortened muscles, it initiates the natural healing process by creating a small injury in the muscle, and it promotes normal nerve function in affected areas.
This relieves pain and tension in muscles of the jaw.
Any of the physiotherapists a Leduc Physio can provide TMJ treatment with IMS. TMJ treatments are booked as regular physiotherapy appointments. Your physiotherapist will discuss treatment options with you (you don’t have to have IMS).
If you are new to our clinic, book an assessment for your first appointment; you can do this HERE.
Acupuncture is a technique stemming from Traditional Chinese Medicine, specific points on the body are stimulated by inserting thin acupuncture needles into the skin.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is a balance of yin and yang of the life force known as qi or chi. Qi is said to flow through meridians in the human body. Acupuncture points allow these meridians and energy flows to be accessed. Illness is said to be an imbalance of the forces. If an appropriate combination of needles are inserted into these points, the energy flow can be return to proper balance.
In Western societies and several other parts of the world, acupuncture is explained including concepts of neuroscience. Western practitioners view acupuncture points as points where nerves, muscles and connective tissue can be stimulated. Acupuncture practitioners report the stimulation increases blood flow and triggers activity of our body’s natural painkillers.
Our physical therapists: Jena Beckett, Tenielle MaGee, Jason MaGee, and Kim Hillier are AFCI acupuncturists. You can book an appointment with them HERE.
Don’t wait for your jaw pain to worsen. Pain in the jaw/face/neck can prevent sleep, disrupt focus, and can cause irritability/emotional distress. If you are suffering from clicking/popping of the jaw, stiff and sore jaw/neck muscles, tension headaches, or any of the above symptoms, book an appointment today.
You don’t need a doctor’s prescription to be treated at Leduc Physio, and we can direct bill to most extended health plans!
At Physio Physical Therapy, we recognize the impacts that pain and dysfunction can have on one's personal and professional life. We are committed as primary healthcare professionals to help our clients resume their lifelong pursuit of health and well-being.
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