OC Sports & Rehab

TMJ Treatment

Helping you regain proper jaw mechanics and a pain free lifestyle.

TMJ Treatment Specialists

At OC Sports & Rehab, we specialize in providing comprehensive treatment for Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders, aimed at alleviating pain and restoring optimal jaw function. Our team of experienced physical therapists utilizes a combination of advanced techniques and personalized care plans to address the unique needs of each patient. Whether you’re experiencing jaw pain, headaches, or difficulty with chewing and speaking, our goal is to help you achieve long-term relief and improved quality of life through targeted TMJ therapy.

Expert TMJ Treatment for Long-Lasting Relief

Our primary focus is to help you regain proper jaw mechanics and a pain-free lifestyle through a combination of targeted therapies. These include cervical stretching techniques, muscle release, and addressing internal myofascial tightness inside the mouth. Physical therapy plays a crucial role in recovering from any TMJ injury, as it helps minimize scar tissue formation and muscle tightness, promoting long-term relief.

Physical Therapy Techniques for TMJ Relief

We employ a variety of advanced physical therapy techniques to ensure comprehensive TMJ treatment, including:

  1. Jaw Exercises: These exercises are designed to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, and enhance the range of motion of the jaw.

  2. Heat and DMS Therapy: Applying heat and deep muscle stimulation (DMS) therapy improves blood circulation in the jaw and surrounding muscles, which helps reduce pain and inflammation.

  3. Massage Techniques: We use various massage techniques, including Active Release Techniques (ART), Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), Muscle Energy Techniques (MET), and Pain Reflex Release Techniques (PRRT), to relieve muscle tension and promote relaxation.

  4. Posture and Jaw Alignment Training: Proper posture and jaw alignment are essential for TMJ health. Our training programs help correct these issues, leading to long-term relief.

  5. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS): TENS involves applying a mild electrical current to the skin over the jaw joint. This current interferes with the body’s pain signals, relaxes muscles, improves blood circulation, and relieves pain. TENS is effective for most people, providing significant relief from TMJ symptoms.

  6. Joint Mobilizations: Moving the temporomandibular joint through joint mobilizations can help improve its function and reduce pain.

  7. Ultrasound and Laser Therapy: These therapies use high-frequency sound waves or laser light directed at the joint to reduce pain and swelling and improve circulation.

  8. Cervical Traction and Spinal Decompression: These techniques help unload the TMJ and relieve upper cervical compression, which can create peripheral symptoms. They are essential for comprehensive TMJ treatment and long-term relief.

Advanced TMJ Treatment and Rehabilitation at OC Sports & Rehab

If you are struggling with TMJ pain or dysfunction, don’t wait to seek help. Our team at OC Sports & Rehab is here to provide you with the most effective treatment options available. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a pain-free, healthy lifestyle.