Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is the condition involving pain and discomfort with the movement and function of the jaw bones, muscles and tissues.

Physiotherapy can help treat TMD by reducing pain and inflammation in the joint. It will also help to improve the movement and function of your TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) by working on the muscles and the joint itself. At Fortius Physiotherapy, we will create a personalized treatment plan to suit your needs. These will include dos and don’ts for your daily life.


What are some symptoms of TMD?

 Difficulty chewing and swallowing
 Soreness in the jaw
 Pain in your ear, neck, head
 Pain in either side of your face
 Difficulty moving the jaw, even while speaking
 Jaw feels “locked”
 It's hard to open or close your mouth
 Tenderness and ache in your facial region
 Clicking, grinding, clenching of the jaw

What to expect from your physiotherapy assessment?

The TMJ specialist at Fortius will assess and evaluate your pain, discomfort, and other symptoms. We will assess the head, neck and TMJ, then create an individualized treatment plan to help you recover. Often, TMJ is mostly temporary and physiotherapy treatment is very effective.

Some of your treatments may include:

 Posture correction
 Jaw movement exercises
 Manual therapy - massage, stretching, joint mobilization
 Laser and ultrasound treatments
 Relaxation training
 Pain control


A few things to avoid…

 Excessive chewing (of your nails, gum, pen caps, etc)
 Yawning unnecessarily
 Holding your phone up using only your shoulder
 Resting your jaw in your hand
 Sleeping face down, since this puts unnecessary strain on your neck
 Be aware of when you are clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth
 Avoid hard or chewy foods and opt for soft, easy to chew foods instead
 Cut tough food into smaller pieces to avoid excessive jaw strain

If any of this sounds like you, you don’t have to live with it! Give Fortius a call. Our TMJ physiotherapist will be happy to assess and treat you!