This is a form of physical therapy that helps those suffering with any pain associated with the facial region, head, and/or neck, including those struggling with Temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders.
Pain in this area of the body may be derived from stress, poor posture/ergonomics, excessive grinding or clenching of the teeth, or a TMJ disorder.
Physical therapy treatment includes an in depth evaluation of the structures of the cervical spine, jaw joints and head. Treatment could include manual therapy techniques for the spine, jaw and soft tissues, exercise for the jaw and neck, and modalities. Manual therapy focuses on the relationship of the muscles, joints and nerves of the jaw, head, neck and face and how they relate to each other. Exercise is designed to restore the proper balance of the spine and head to take unnecessary stress off of sensitive tissues and to support the body so it can perform the activities of daily living efficiently and comfortably. Modalities will decrease the short-term discomfort and joint irritation. We will look at how you interact with your environment to see if there are activates you preform that put increase stress on your body which could cause increased pain. Most importantly, in addition to these techniques, the patient is provided with a home exercise program to aid in symptom reduction. Each treatment plan is based on a patient’s individual needs and the therapist and patient work as a team to reach the patients goals.