Jaw problems or TMJ issues
The jaw, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) are the joints that are located on either side of the head. They open and close the mouth. These joints are functionally related to the head and neck.
Symptoms of temporomandibular disorders (TMD):
Jaw pain or tightness in the jaw
Clicking or grinding with opening or closing of the mouth
Limited opening of the mouth / stiffness
Tooth pain or ear ache
As in many problems of the human body, a jaw problem is most of the time something that has been building up over time.
It could be caused suddenly due to an acute trauma (direct impact to the face or chin), but mostly it’s a combination of either stress, bruxism, postural tension or neck issues.
Treatment of jaw pain
In most cases, jaw problems can be treated effectively with physiotherapy.
Gentle manual techniques or dry needling can both be efficient ways to get rid of the problems.