Understanding TMJ Pain
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a condition characterized by discomfort or pain in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. It commonly affects the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jawbone to the skull. The symptoms of TMJ can vary from person to person, but they often include jaw pain, difficulty in opening or closing the mouth, and clicking or popping sounds when moving the jaw. The intensity of these symptoms may worsen during activities such as chewing, speaking, or yawning. Understanding the causes and seeking appropriate treatment is essential for managing TMJ effectively.
Our team at PhysioFit Physical Therapy & Wellness can help you get out of this vicious cycle and find effective relief. Call us to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist and get started on your personalized TMJ pain treatment plan.
Signs & Symptoms
TMJ Pain can present itself in many ways. If you are currently experiencing any of the following symptoms, physical therapy could be a great place to start.
Pain or tenderness of your jaw or face
Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth.
Decreased jaw opening or pain with opening
Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
Locking of the jaw (closed or opened)
Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
Fullness in the ear or hearing loss
Earache (usually in front of or below the ear)
Headache migraines triggered by clenching
Neck and shoulder pain triggered by clenching
Dull ache in the eye
Breathing problems (mouth breather)
Sleep problems (apnea or insomnia)
Why PhysioFit Physical Therapy?
You will have a private 1-1 evaluation with a physical therapist. The evaluation includes your medical history, a movement analysis, and an assessment of your posture, muscles, and nerves.
EMOTIONS YOU MAY BE FEELING
TMJ PAIN TREATMENT
- Education on body awareness/ mechanics
- Stretches and strengthening exercises to balance muscles
- Manual treatment to balance muscles, and joints, and decompress nerves
- 1:1 sessions with your therapist
- Guidance on exercises and daily lifestyle changes
- Manual/hands-on therapy to increase mobility and reduce pain
Get your desired outcome
- Able to focus on work efficiently again
- Sleep normally/better
- Techniques to reduce stress to
- maintain a better quality of life
- Able to eat anything I want again
- Able to avoid missing work/school due to migraine symptoms
Move better. Live better.
PhysioFit Physical Therapy & Wellness, much like Los Altos itself, combines an inviting, community environment with exceptional talent. Founded and led by Kim Gladfelter, a keen, well-rounded expert of healing through movement and a dedicated team who takes a holistic approach to optimal health.
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What Our Clients Say
Physiofit has been fantastic! Keya and Katrina prepared me for knee surgery and then helped me thru 2 knee replacements. The longer appointments and combination of manipulation, exercises and Pilates really made a huge difference in my recovery time.
I have been going to physiofit after trying several other centers that did not work for me. As an older adult in my 70’s I needed to find a therapist that really understood how to take care of my many pains and aches. This is not an easy therapist to find, I was looking for someone who both understands the anatomy of an older body but also has the caring touch and sweet demeanor. Well I was so happy to find Katrina who is all of those things she is the best therapist I have ever worked with and has completely help me transform my pain into exercises and stretches that truly support me in my healing. I could not recommend her enough she is caring, knowledgeable, and patient. I feel very grateful to her support in this process of healing my body. You will be glad to work with her. Thanks -maryam
For the past 10-12 years, at various times as needed, Physiofit has provided professional, highly skilled and effective physical therapy services for myself and my husband. Everyone on staff is attentive and cares for the clients. I can highly recommend their services. Ellen Barton
I've been coming for a few months now and I'm really impressed with the care I am receiving from Katrina. She gives me exercises that are challenging and helpful. I've already seen progress in the strength of my leg and a reduction in numbness in my foot from the disc pressure on my nerves. Overall, I appreciate the knowledgeable and dedicated therapists, the very friendly and helpful support staff, and the variety of equipment and treatments available.
I was lucky to find PhysioFit. They have a really professional staff that deals with all sorts of physical therapy needs. In particular I was in need of a person that understands male pelvic rehab, I found Katrina extremely professional therapist. If you are looking to get physical therapy, this would be a great choice.
Keya is a very professional, caring and highly skilled PT. She always helps me feel 100% better after my sessions with her. I’m so grateful to have her as my therapist. Thank you Keya. All the staff at PhysioFit are very helpful and courteous. One feels so welcome!
Janet is very experienced and a professional therapist. She understands the subject and the patient's issues very well. Her hands have magic. I highly recommend her.
I'm very thankful to have had PhysioFit and Janet Perrino recommended to me for the physical therapy of my proximal humerus fracture. Having in office sessions focused on evaluating my progress, tuning the rehab I do on my own, and manual therapy is exactly what I was hoping for and is only possible because of Janet's knowledge and experience. It has been great!
very easy to communicate with the front desk staff, Shalini is a good physical therapist who takes time to listen, provide good advice and promote physical wellbeing for her clients.
Love their Pilates instructors are professional, knowledgable and perceptive. Specially Lori. Their Physical Therapist have being very helpful when dealing with knee pain.
Well run, very experienced PTs. Great at listening to you and helping you on the road to recovery.
I have had treatment from both Allison and Janet. And they are amaizing. Great accessible location and they are always good with schedules and reschedules.
Physical Therapists at PhysioFit
Our TMJ and orthopedic physical therapists have helped thousands of patients all over Los Altos, CA.