Your Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ is the most used joint in the body.

Your TMJs (jaw joints) are involved with eating, talking, breathing and, probably most importantly, expressing our feelings and emotions. When things go wrong with your TMJ it is known as Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD).

As a general rule TMJ opening disorders (how the jaw moves when opening or closing) are more likely to be successfully treated with jaw movement improvement techniques such as massage, dry needling/acupuncture, muscle stretch/relaxation/coordination exercises or joint capsule stretching techniques that are provided by your physiotherapist.

Your dentist is usually involved in the management of TMJ closing disorders such as bruxism (teeth grinding) due to the addition of teeth occlusion. In some cases, an occlusion splint or bite plate may be recommended.