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  • Writer's picturePaula Anderson, R.D.H.

Can Myofunctional Therapy Fix My TMJ Disorder?

Do you suffer from facial pain, and chronic aching in your jaw? Has a doctor diagnosed you with TMJ? If so, myofunctional therapy can help BIG TIME! In fact TMJ and facial pain in general, is one of the biggest reasons that patients seek out an orofacial myologist, and myofunctional therapy at MyoMatters.

So What Is TMJ?

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is attached to a plethora of muscles in the mouth and face, where it functions as a hinge for everything we do with the mouth and jaw. Chewing, speaking, cheering, EVERYTHING! So if you are one of the 10 million Americans who suffer from TMJ Disorder or TMD this can make even simple tasks painful.

woman with her hands rubbing her temples

Unfortunately, for many patients it can be extremely difficult to identify what's causing the TMJ disorder. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has identified numerous reasons why a patient would experience TMJ related pain, and it can be wide ranging:

  • Degeneration from age

  • Incorrect Tongue Posture

  • Sleeping on one side on a consistent basis

  • Posture

  • Structural Issues in the mouth

  • Physical Trauma

  • Teeth Clenching and grinding

  • Chronic Stress

  • Tongue-Tie

  • Autoimmune conditions

  • Nutritional and Dietary Issues

BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS, myofunctional therapy can help correct and alleviate all of these symptoms through the innovative therapy programs provided at MyoMatters. As is the case for many medical conditions you should always speak with your primary care physician to determine if there are underlying symptoms that may need to be addressed.

woman with one of her hands against her forward

Not sure if you have TMJ? Speak with your dentist about your symptoms and if myofunctional therapy is a solution for you. Generally, clients that come to MyoMatters with TMJ or TMD experience some or all of the following symptoms.

  • Earaches

  • toothaches

  • Dizziness

  • Headaches

  • Difficulty opening the mouth wide

  • Difficulty chewing

  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

  • Locking of the jaw

  • Jaw/facial pain

  • Pain that expands from the neck into the shoulders

  • Stiffness of the jaw

  • Pain when yawning

How Myofunctional Therapy Works to Combat TMJ

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms you might already be aware of some of the at home treatments such as heat pads, anti-inflammatories, ice packs and more. However, since any imbalance to the functional movement of the temporomandibular structure can lead to TMJ disorder it is very important to treat the underlying cause. And that is exactly what Myofunctional therapy can do; alleviate your pain and give you a better standard of living. So how can myofunctional therapy actually treat these root causes?

woman looking into a mirror with her hand against her cheek

Simple. Myofunctional Therapy retrains and strengthens the muscles of the face to correct many of the root causes of TMJ. By strengthening the muscles of the face and the muscles of mastication, orofacial myologists are able to treat the root causes of TMJ in a way that other non invasive treatments cannot.

If you would be interested in learning more or how myofunctional Therapy can help you or a loved one contact MyoMatters at the link below and I will help you live a more happy and WAY less painful life.

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