TMJ Symptom Relief with Physical Therapy

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD or TMD), or TMJ syndrome, is an umbrella term covering acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint. Symptoms associated with TMJ disorders may be:

  • Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • Dull, aching pain in the face
  • Earache (particularly in the morning)
  • Headache or Migraine (particularly in the morning)
  • Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
  • Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
  • Tinnitus
  • Balance issues
  • Vision disturbances
  • Neck and shoulder pain

It isn’t known for certain how many people have TMJ disorders, but some estimates suggest that over 10 million Americans are affected. The condition appears to be more common in women than men.

A thorough examination of your posture, upper neck and shoulder girdle is imperative to proper treatment of the TMJ due to the significant influence these areas have on the joint. The upper neck is very commonly found to be involved in patients with many of these symptoms.

Because the disorder transcends the boundaries between several health-care disciplines, there are a variety of treatment approaches. Physical Therapy for TMJ may be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments. For more information download our printable TMJ Symptom Relief with Physical Therapy Information Sheet.

AdvaCare Clinic has physical therapists with advanced training in the area of evaluation and treatment of temporomandibular disorders. If you or anyone you know suffers from TMJ or any type of facial or neck pain call AdvaCare Clinics at 952-835-6653, fill out our online form, or email us at

Please check out our printable TMJ Informational Download!