TMJ & TMD Treatment in BC

What is it?

A disorder that involves dysfunction or pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. TMD can cause symptoms such as jaw pain, clicking or popping noises when you open or close your mouth, along with symptoms such as difficulty chewing, headaches, and even locking of the jaw in severe cases. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, teeth grinding (bruxism), misalignment of the jaw or teeth, arthritis, or injury to the jaw joint (post motor vehicle accident for example).

Treatment for TMD can range from Chiropractic therapy and Physiotherapy, self-care measures like applying heat or cold packs to the jaw, to dental interventions such as a mouthguard or dental correction, or finally medications depending on the severity and underlying cause of the disorder.

Benefits of treatment:

  • Pain Relief: Treatment aims to alleviate jaw pain and discomfort associated with TMD, improving overall comfort and quality of life.
  • Improved Jaw Function: Effective treatment restores proper function of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and surrounding muscles, enhancing jaw mobility for activities such as speaking and chewing.
  • Reduced Jaw Joint Noises: Treatment can help minimize or eliminate clicking, popping, or grating noises in the jaw joint during movement.
  • Prevention of Further Damage: Early intervention and appropriate treatment prevent worsening of TMD symptoms and potential complications such as jaw joint degeneration.
  • Management of Associated Symptoms: Treatment addresses symptoms like headaches, neck pain, and muscle tension often accompanying TMD, improving overall comfort and well-being.
  • Enhanced Quality of Life: By addressing TMD symptoms and associated challenges, treatment significantly enhances daily functioning, sleep quality, stress management, and social confidence.

Who can benefit:

TMD therapy can benefit those who are experiencing jaw pain or clicking by addressing symptoms, improving jaw function, preventing further complications, and enhancing overall quality of life.

Several groups of individuals can benefit from TMD therapy, including:

Individuals with TMD Symptoms: Those experiencing jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint, difficulty chewing or opening/closing the mouth, headaches, or other symptoms associated with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can benefit from therapy aimed at alleviating these symptoms and improving jaw function.

People with Risk Factors for TMD: Individuals with risk factors for developing TMD, such as a history of jaw trauma, teeth grinding (bruxism), teeth misalignment, arthritis, or stress-related habits like clenching the jaw, may benefit from therapy aimed at preventing or managing TMD symptoms.

Those Seeking Preventive Care: Individuals who want to maintain optimal jaw health and prevent the development of TMD or related problems may benefit from therapy focused on habits, postures, and strategies to reduce stress on the jaw joint and muscles.

Patients with Co-occurring Conditions: Individuals with other conditions that may contribute to or exacerbate TMD symptoms, such as chronic pain conditions, fibromyalgia, or sleep disorders, can benefit from integrated therapy addressing both TMD and co-occurring conditions.

Patients Seeking Conservative Treatment: Those preferring non-invasive or conservative treatment options for TMD, such as manual therapy (chiropractic, physiotherapy, massage), oral appliances, lifestyle modifications, or stress management techniques, may benefit from therapy tailored to their preferences and needs.

Individuals with Functional Limitations: People experiencing functional limitations due to TMD, such as difficulty eating, speaking, or engaging in daily activities, can benefit from therapy aimed at improving jaw function and restoring normal activities.

When to see a therapist:

It’s advisable to see a healthcare professional if you experience any of the following concerning symptoms related to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD):

Persistent Jaw Pain: If you have ongoing or recurrent pain in your jaw joint, jaw muscles, face, or temples, especially if it’s severe or interferes with daily activities.

Difficulty with Jaw Movement: If you have difficulty opening or closing your mouth fully, if your jaw feels locked or stuck in one position, or if you experience clicking, popping, or grating sounds when moving your jaw.

Chronic Headaches: If you experience frequent or persistent headaches, especially those that are localized around the temples or behind the eyes, and if these headaches are accompanied by other TMD symptoms.

Teeth Grinding or Clenching: If you grind your teeth (bruxism) or clench your jaw frequently, especially during sleep, which can contribute to TMD symptoms and may require intervention.

Ear Pain or Pressure: If you experience ear pain, pressure, or a feeling of fullness in the ears, especially if it’s accompanied by other TMD symptoms such as jaw pain or clicking.

Difficulty Chewing or Speaking: If you have trouble chewing food, speaking clearly, or performing other oral functions due to discomfort or limited jaw movement.

Facial Swelling or Tenderness: If you notice swelling, tenderness, or a feeling of tightness in the jaw, face, or neck region, especially if it’s persistent or worsening over time.

Previous Jaw Injury or Trauma: If you have a history of jaw injury or trauma, such as a blow to the face, and you develop symptoms suggestive of TMD afterward.

Difficulty Sleeping: If you have trouble sleeping due to discomfort or pain in the jaw or facial muscles, or if you wake up with jaw pain or headaches.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s recommended to schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional, such as a Chiropractor, Physiotherapist, or Dentist who can evaluate your symptoms, provide an accurate diagnosis, and recommend appropriate treatment options tailored to your specific needs. Early intervention can help prevent worsening of symptoms and improve outcomes for individuals with TMD.

How therapy can help:

Healthcare therapists can play a crucial role in helping individuals manage temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Depending on the specific symptoms and underlying causes of TMD, therapy may involve various approaches aimed at alleviating pain, improving jaw function, and addressing contributing factors.

Pain Management Techniques: Therapists can teach pain management techniques such as relaxation exercises, mindfulness meditation, and breathing techniques to help individuals cope with TMD-related pain and discomfort.

Manual Therapy: Therapists may use manual therapy techniques such as massage, trigger point therapy, or myofascial release to reduce muscle tension and improve jaw mobility. Chiropractors can also provide gentle manipulations to the jaw in an effort to create space in the joint.

Exercise Programs: Therapists can design customized exercise programs to strengthen the muscles surrounding the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and improve jaw stability and function.

Joint Mobilization Techniques: Therapists may use gentle joint mobilization techniques to improve TMJ mobility and reduce joint stiffness.

Posture Correction: Therapists can assess and correct posture habits that may contribute to TMD symptoms, such as forward head posture or slouching.

Education and Self-Care Strategies: Therapists provide education about TMD, including its causes, symptoms, and aggravating factors. They also teach self-care strategies such as proper jaw posture, relaxation techniques, and home exercises to manage symptoms.


Collaboration with Other Healthcare Providers: Therapists collaborate with dentists, oral surgeons, or other healthcare providers involved in the management of TMD to ensure coordinated care and optimal outcomes for the individual.

Follow-up and Monitoring: Therapists provide ongoing support, monitor progress, and adjust treatment strategies as needed to ensure effective management of TMD symptoms and long-term success.

By addressing muscle imbalances, improving jaw function, and promoting relaxation and stress management, healthcare therapists can significantly contribute to the comprehensive management of TMD and help individuals regain comfort and function in their daily lives.

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    Kimberly Toeun
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    September 15, 2022.
    I have been going here regularly. I have used almost all the services (massage, chiro, acupuncture, physio). All have been absolutely amazing. Everyone I have encountered so far have been super knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. Anyone living in the area I would highly recommend going here. Very convenient location and they do direct billing of course. Really like their online booking system. It’s easy and convenient. Front staff are also very friendly.
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    August 21, 2022.
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    August 21, 2022.
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    July 20, 2022.
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    July 7, 2022.
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    May 9, 2022.
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    April 16, 2022.
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    April 13, 2022.
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