Management of Jaw Disorders

Management of Jaw Disorders
By Reza Ghannadan, Physiotherapist

Managing jaw disorders, also known as TMDs, depends on the type of TMD. Some TMDs are related to the overuse of the jaw muscles, such as when people clench or grind. Others are related to the jaw joint itself, such as with arthritis. Other people can have issues that cause clicking in the jaw. Regardless of the cause, treatment may be necessary to help manage the condition.

Physiotherapists use different treatments to help manage TMDs.

Common treatments include:

– Manual therapy, or hands-on-work to the jaw muscles
– Exercises, stretches and self-massage techniques
– Education on self-management, such as resting the tongue on the roof of the mouth and keeping space between the teeth
– Other treatments, such as acupuncture, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), laser, ultrasound and heat/ice
– Addressing the neck and posture

Oftentimes, a combination of the above treatments may be used to manage the TMD.

It is best to see a Physiotherapist with training in managing TMDs to find what the best treatment is for your condition.

If you have any questions about jaw pain/disorders, contact Reza our Physiotherapist at or contact the clinic at 604-210-2274.