TMJ Specialist Doctors in Kansas City
Jaw pain, clicking and even locking of the jaw is often a frustrating problem that affects many people.
TMJ or Jaw pain can often be treated with conservative therapies in addition to dental care. Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction is commonly called TMJ, TMD, or TMJD. There are usually several variables including postural issues, muscle imbalances, or other habits such as gum-chewing, clenching, or grinding (bruxing) teeth associated with pain in the TMJ.
- Sharp pain in the jaw with opening or closing of the mouth
- Sharp pain with biting or chewing
- Jaw popping or clicking
- Facial pain
- Neck pain
- Grinding teeth
- Jaw clenching
Treatment for TMJ includes many options including soft tissue therapies such as dry needling, ART, or IASTM for jaw, face, neck, and shoulder musculature. Manual mobilization of TMJ (if needed), neck, and thoracic spine. Corrective exercise strategies to stabilize neck and jaw, and reprogram better patterns to reduce clicking, popping, and pain. Often, dental professionals will prescribe devices for the patient to wear at night to prevent damage to teeth from grinding and bruxing. Addressing para-functional habits such as grinding, clenching, chewing gum, managing stress, etc. can be a significant part of reducing the problem.
Are you suffering from jaw pain caused by TMJ?
F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic utilizes soft tissue treatments to restore the proper motion, texture, and tone to the muscles, fascia, ligaments, nerves, and tendons to eliminate the patient’s pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction.
Dry needling is an effective treatment to address myofascial trigger points and reduce pain. Cervical and thoracic spine manipulation/adjustments are useful to restore normal range of motion and biomechanics to the neck and jaw. Corrective exercises are individually prescribed to help teach stability and postural correction for proper jaw function.
Possible Treatments for TMJ
For other treatment options visit our physical therapy for jaw pain & TMJ.
Active Release Techniques
Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.) are some of the leading soft tissue therapies for the treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.Learn More
Dry Needling is the process of using a thin needle inserted into a trigger point to relieve a contracture within a muscle.Learn More
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I feel TMJ Pain Relief?
The conservative treatment techniques our chiropractors utilize in caring for TMJ have been proven to decrease tightness while minimizing popping of the jaw.
is A.R.T. Right for you?
Take a couple of minutes to tell us about your symptoms and pain areas. Prefer to chat over the phone? Call us for a free phone consultation.
Visit your local F.I.T. Chiropractor
Meet the team at any of our 5 locations: Lee’s Summit, Crossroads, Blue Valley, Overland Park & Shawnee.