Your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) otherwise known as your Jaw, is the most used joint in the body. Your TMJ is involved with eating, talking, breathing and just about everything we do, including dealing with stress!

When things go wrong with your TMJ it is known as TMJ Dysfunction or TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder).

Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction

  • Clicking
  • Clenching
  • Grinding
  • Limited opening, or an inability to fully clench your jaw
  • Headaches – due to clenching


Causes of TMJ Dysfunction

  • Displacement of TMJ articular disc
  • Chewing Muscle dysfunction
  • Bruxism: nocturnal grinding of teeth leads to increased pressure in TMJ
  • Prolonged mouth opening eg dental procedure
  • Poor cervical posture
  • Myofascial pain
  • Neuropsychological factors
  • Stress


Our Myotherapists are trained to assess TMJ dysfunction and will put together an individualised treatment plan to help relieve pain and restore normal function back to your body. They will also treat areas that may become overworked or weakened due TMJ dysfunction. Furthermore they will offer advice on pain management and strategies that will improve jaw health.

Depending on your presentation treatment may include a combination of the following techniques:

  • Soft and Deep Tissue Massage
  • Myofascial Cupping
  • Myofascial Dry Needling
  • Stretching
  • TENS
  • Hot and Cold Therapies
  • Postural and Corrective Exercises


If you are experiencing Jaw Pain or know someone who is call Essential Health on 9663 5134 to book an appointment today or to further discuss how Myotherapy will benefit you.