What can Physios’ do for jaw pain?
The idea of seeing a physiotherapist for jaw pain may seem a bit out of context. You might think a dentist may have the tools to help. Physiotherapy for jaw pain has been around for a long time now. We treat Jaw issues from locking, pain, jaw deviations on opening and closing, and clicking sounds. These issues may come from a dental procedure, clenching/grinding at night, neck referral pains, degenerative disc, a physical altercation after having a rowdy night at the pub.
Physiotherapy treatment can include:
- Soft tissue therapies to the surrounding muscles, potential even the pterygoid muscles inside your mouth (wearing gloves of course)
- Joint mobilisations e.g. gentle tractions for a stiff locked joint
- Exercise prescriptions
- Dry needling
- Neck treatments
- And of course, education and advice