Temperomandibular Joint Dysfunction
The Temperomandibular joint (or jaw joint) can be a site of local joint pain or it can be a source of headaches, facial pain and other head and neck symptoms. It is a complex problem, and comprehensive assessment is vital in making an accurate diagnosis and formulating an appropriate treatment plan.
- Hands on soft tissue treatment or joint mobilisation
- Strength and motor patterning exercises
- Postural re-education and motor patterning exercises
- Education on behavioural changes during acute phase
Postural and functional modifications
We often work adjunctively with the patient's Dental Specialist, to achieve optimal outcomes.
At Kooyong Physiotherapy we have a great depth of experience in the treatment of this common clinical problem.
Robin Halse has had an interest in this area for over 20 years and her involvement with this specialty extends to regular meetings with a Special Interest Group, including specialists in Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Radiology and TMJ Physiotherapy.
In 2013 she was a co presenter at the Annual Australian Dental Association Conference, presenting a paper titled "TMJDS...Is It A Headache or A Pain In The Neck?... The Physiotherapy Role in Team Management".