Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction


Are you experiencing jaw pain, clicking or locking? Ear pain? Tight jaw muscles? Headaches?

The temporomandibular joint, also known as your “TMJ” is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull and is located directly in front of your ear. Issues with the jaw can cause severe orofacial pain, headaches, difficulty chewing, yawning, laughing and talking. Symptoms can range from mild discomfort to severe pain, and some people even experience locking.

TMJ dysfunction is complex and multi-factorial. Common causes of jaw pain can be related to dental issues, psychological factors (stress/anxiety/depression), trauma (whiplash or direct blows), grinding/clenching of the teeth or hypermobility/ligament laxity issues.

Our physiotherapists use up-to-date evidence and clinical experience to conduct a thorough assessment and multi-dimensional treatment plan. We collaborate regularly with your physician, dentist and/or orthodontist to provide a multidisciplinary approach. We recommend that all patients with TMJ pain and dysfunction seek consultation with a dentist to ensure we address all issues related to the TMJ.

Treatment for the TMJ often combines education, soft tissue and joint manual therapy, home exercises, self-management techniques and acupuncture. 

TMJ dysfunction can be very debilitating but physiotherapy at D’Arcy Bain Physiotherapy can assist you in alleviating your pain and managing your TMJ problem. Please contact one of our four clinics to book your assessment today.