TMJ Program | Downtown Edmonton

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TMJ Treatment

Are you experiencing jaw pain or clicking? Ear pain? Tight jaw muscles? Headaches? The temporomanibular joint (TMJ) is located directly in front of your ear and is a part of the body that we use many times during the day when we talk, yawn or chew food.

At Integral, we can help! The physiotherapists at out downtown Edmonton clinic are experts in the treatment of issues that involve TMJ. Edmonton men, women and children who suffer from TMJ dysfunction benefit from the personalized treatment that an Integral TMJ specialist can provide.

What causes TMJ dysfunction?

 There are many causes of TMJ dysfunction. The most common cause is the TMJ disc moving out of place and causing pressure on the structures around the joint. Other causes can include:

  • Poor posture, leading to strains in the muscles of the face and neck
  • Clenching and grinding of the teeth, especially during the night
  • Lack of sleep
  • Inability to relax
  • Arthritis
  • Car accidents
  • Poor diet
What are the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction?

 The pain of TMJ dysfunction may be dull and constant but can range to sharp and burning. Other symptoms may include:

  • Sore, tight jaw muscles
  • Cheek or tooth pain while swallowing, yawning, talking or chewing
  • Ear pain
  • Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
  • Frequent headaches
  • Neck aches
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Facial pain
  • Jaw popping or clicking
What are my treatment options?

 Fortunately, your Integral physiotherapist can help you by employing a range of treatment techniques. Treatment performance by a TMJ physiotherapist can augment the effect of the appliance or mouth guard your dentist may have already provided.

Your program may include one or more of the following:

  • Home stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Intramuscular Stimulation, Active Release Technique, Acupuncture and Manual Therapy
  • Postural correction and relaxation exercises
  • Therapeutic modalities to help improve healing
What can I expect from treatment?

Here at our downtown Edmonton clinic, you will work with an Integral physiotherapist who will assess your unique jaw and neck movement as well as muscle imbalances. Following your initial assessment, with an Integral physiotherapist, Edmonton clients receive an individualized treatment plan that has been coordinated with their dentist.

Tips for protecting your jaw:

  • Do not chew gum
  • Avoid clenching or tensing
  • Rest your muscles and joints by eating soft foods
  • Relax your muscles with heat or ice
  • Always follow your dentist’s advice and use your oral appliance

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FUN, FRIENDLY AND PHENOMENAL…

Those are the three words that best describe the treatment you will get from Adam. Adam is a genius when it comes to physiotherapy!

I would highly recommend Adam to anyone with any type of skeletal problems such as those I had exhibited. He is very thorough and very knowledgeable…and he gets results!!

Jade is the best! She kept me safe while recovering from a back injury and working full time. I found she was really great at adapting exercises and treatment to my pain level.

It is easy to see that Adam loves his job and genuinely wants to help his patients. He brings a sense of humor and a huge amount of knowledge to his work. I would recommend Adam to anyone looking for a great physiotherapist.

Jade in particular was an exemplary PT with an unprecedented aptitude for combining treatment with compassion. It’s rare to see someone so passionate and so dedicated to delivering exceptional care every single day. I would certainly recommend her services to newcomers because she explains the etiology of injuries well and works hard to facilitate recovery during sessions and offers good advice to work on after the session is complete.

Thank you Adam, you are the most educated professional I have ever worked with and without your help and teamwork, my members would not be able to sustain the quality of life that they deserve!

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If you're experiencing any of the symptoms we've mentioned, contact our clinic at 587-401-2371 to schedule an appointment with a TMJ specialist. Helping people, like you, get back to feeling great and living well is what we do. Call us and let us show you how!