If you suffer from jaw pain or temporomandibular disorder (TMD), you understand
the lifestyle of eating only soft foods, loud clicking, and constant pain.
You have probably even tried consulting “Dr. Google” for relief.
Unfortunately, 10 million of us currently suffer from TMD and 1 in every
4 people will experience the debilitating symptoms at some point in their lifetime.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research suggests that
there is no widely accepted treatment for TMD but recommends avoiding
any procedures that involve a permanent change to your bite or jaw.
Many conservative options are available, however, Dry Needling has been
recently and consistently shown to reduce pain and improve function in
individuals affected by TMD. The research studies performed all demonstrated
reduced pain levels at rest and while chewing as well as improved jaw
opening without pain. One study actually showed that the more pain the
individual was in before the treatment, greater pain reduction from treatment
Dry Needling is the use of thin monofilament needles (dry, as in no injection)
to help eliminate trigger points in muscles that cause pain and dysfunction.
Your Doctor of Physical Therapy will gently insert the monofilament needle
into specific trigger point locations to induce a neuromuscular inhibitory
effect and result in less pain at rest and with movement. In TMD, trigger
points frequently exist in the muscles of the jaw and can be the culprit
for the symptoms you experience. Significant improvements in pain and
function can be obtained in as little as 3 to 4 sessions of dry needling.
Examination and treatment of the cervical spine has also been shown to
be beneficial in the management of TMD. Several studies have linked dysfunction
in the neck joints and soft tissues in patients with jaw pain. This association
is so strong that even individuals without neck pain had similar findings
of dysfunction as those with neck pain. The physical therapists at ProFysio
Physical Therapy are specialized in treatment of spine related disorders
with a focus on orthopedic manual therapy.
A collaborative approach between your physical therapist at ProFysio Physical
Therapy and your dentist will address all of your symptoms and the addition
of Dry Needling can help provide you with more significant long term relief.
Call ProFysio Physical Therapy at (732) 970-7882 to set up a FREE consultation
with a Doctor of Physical Therapy and find relief from chronic jaw pain today.