The temporomandibular joint (or TMJ for short) is what is commonly referred to as the jaw. There is one TMJ on each side of our face just in front of our ear and it connects the jaw bone to the skull. Since the joint on each side is connected to the jaw bone they need to function together in unison to allow normal jaw movement when we are talking, eating, yawning etc. It is when they are not functioning together well that you might need the help of your osteopath to correct this.
Osteopaths use a number of techniques to improve jaw pain and function, each treatment will be tailored to the individual and their presentation. These techniques include:
If you are experiencing TMJ pain or dysfunction then don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We know how uncomfortable it can be! Our own osteopaths Kate and Mirae have had some personal experience with her own TMJ dysfunction too. The photos in this blog post are from a treatment Mirae had from Kate to help with sporadic stiffness and clicking in her jaw following a skipping rope “incident” about 8 years ago.