Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called “TMJ” are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. Often TMJ can create headaches as well. We don’t know 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 variety of symptoms may be linked to TMJ disorders. Pain, particularly in the chewing muscles and/or jaw joint, is the most common symptom. Other likely symptoms include:
Dr. Penrose has taken training in craniofacial, upper cervical, and TMJ dysfunctions and treatments. Her father was a dentist and her mother a hygienist making it a natural fit for her to take additional training in this area.
We believe successful treatment of the TMJ disorder always involves addressing the neck and the muscles that attach to the base of the head. “Posture and how one holds the mouth/jaw/tongue position at rest is critical in relieving extra strain on the TMJ area.”
As a result of having more training in the upper cervical spine and neck, Dr. Penrose also specializes in the treatment of headaches that are originating from the musculoskeletal system.
I’m grateful for Penrose Physical Therapy as I didn’t think anything could help my TMJ or make a significant impact on my migraines. The daily exercises and posture have made a significant improvement in my life. I wish more people knew that physical therapy can help with TMJ and migraines.Tammy Davis - Read the Success Story