Seek pain relief from treatment at Sequence Osteopathy.
Dr Anna Morrow returns to consulting at Sequence Osteopathy Torquay after spending the past year working as a dentist in Broken Hill for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). With over 10 years experience as an osteopath, treating the whole body, Anna’s dental studies have helped her to gain a much deeper understanding of the complexity of such complaints as jaw pain, headaches, facial pain and neck pain. She thrives on problem solving tricky and clicky jaws.
CAUSES OF TMD
Grinding your teeth
Arthritis in the joint
Stress, which can cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles.
Clenching the teeth.
“I love combining my knowledge of osteopathy with dentistry to help my patients really understand their symptoms and the underlying mechanisms that have led to their development.” – Anna Morrow
Problems with your jaw are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). But you may hear it wrongly called TMJ, after the joint. Some Dentists believe symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of your jaw or with the parts of the joint itself. Injury to your jaw or the muscles of your head and neck, like from a heavy blow or whiplash, may also lead to TMD. The key muscles are temporalis, masseter and pterygoid (inside the mouth) which tighten with clenching and chewing.
OSTEO TOP TIPS:
Headache self care: Temporalis muscle self massage. Use 2 fingers to massage in circles on each temple. Massage gently and slowly 10 times in both directions. You can massage one temple at a time or both if it feels good. Do not press too hard.
Jaw pain can be incredibly debilitating and unfortunately there is no cure-all. Osteopathy can be extremely effective in releasing tight muscles and stiff joints around the jaw, head and neck which may give you pain relief.
If you, or someone you know, are suffering with neck or jaw pain, clicky jaw, headaches or migraines, then we recommend a visit to your osteo.