Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunctions (TMD) are often chronic, debilitating, and are usually accompanied by headaches, chronic neck pain, psychological stress, and a sedentary lifestyle. The primary contributing factor in most TMD cases is chronic muscle stress and tension in the muscles in the face referred to as the muscles of mastication. For most patients, seeing your dentist for a night splint fitting is the first option but does not have to be the only non-surgical intervention in the treatment of TMD.
Physical Therapy and TMD
At Horizon Physical Therapy, we have found that a multi-faceted approach in the treatment of TMD provides the most optimal outcomes.
Treatments for TMD include:
- Functional Dry Needling (FDN) to the muscles of mastication and the suboccipital muscles in the neck to reduce chronic tension in these areas.
- Postural re-education to reduce jaw and neck mechanical stress.
- Aerobic exercise to reduce psychological stressors.
A comprehensive treatment plan is the best approach to fully address all of the primary and secondary TMD factors. We have found that when TMD is treated independent of other contributing factors, success is limited. When a multi-dimensional approach is employed, patients are able to achieve and maintain a pain-free level of function without long -term care or surgical intervention.
Contact Horizon Physical Therapy today, and get back to a healthier, pain-free way of life.