Jaw Pain & TMJ

TMJ Specialist Doctors in Kansas City

Jaw pain, clicking and even locking of the jaw is often a frustrating problem that affects many people.

Treatment for TMJ or Jaw pain can often involves 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.


TMJ symptoms may include
  • Sharp pain in the jaw with opening or closing of the mouth
  • Sharp pain with biting or chewing
  • Jaw popping or clicking
  • Facial pain
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Grinding teeth
  • Jaw clenching

TMJ Treatments

Treatment for TMJ in Kansas City from F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic includes 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 can 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

Dry Needling

Chiropractic Rehabilitation Exercises

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