If you have temporomandibular joint disorder, you know the pain and frustration that usually goes along with it: stiff neck and jaw, headaches, back aches and ringing ears, just to name a few. It can often feel like neuromuscular dentistry treatment isn’t working fast enough, and there’s nothing you can do to ease the pain in the interim. But there’s a treatment you may not have considered, and it works concurrently with your neuromuscular dentistry treatment: physical therapy.
Physical therapy should always be done under the supervision of your dentist or a trained professional, but if your insurance won’t cover physical therapy, or you simply don’t have the time or resources to go to a physical therapist, here is one exercise you can do at home to help ease the pain with Dr. Lederman’s approval. It’s called joint mobilization, and it’s done like this:
• First, stand with a hand on each side of your jaw with your mouth open or closed.
• Do not let your teeth touch.
• Use one palm to press into the vertical part of your jaw, known as the mandibular ramus.
• Use your other hand to hold the jaw in place.
Ask Dr. Lederman before beginning any physical therapy treatment or attempting any TMJ disorder exercise, as you may not benefit from it and it could worsen your TMJ disorder symptoms if not done properly.
To speak to Dr. Lederman about your TMJ disorder treatment or for any other oral health questions or concerns, please call 516-882-1764.