TMJ/Jaw Pain Relief

Are you suffering from jaw pain? Did you know that Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa can help with jaw and TMJ pain?

Causes of TMJ Misalignment/Dysfunction

Your TMJ (Jaw joints) can become injured in a variety of ways that result in painful movement, or misalignment of the jaw. 

  • Trauma – Some people sustain trauma to the joint which results in hyper-mobility or after a scarring process stiffness of one of the TMJ joints. The unequal movement can then lead to accelerated wear and tear of the joint structures. 

  • Grinding – Your dentist may have remarked that you are a ‘grinder’ and recommended a night-guard to protect your teeth from wear. All of that grinding and clenching of the jaw while you sleep also has an effect on your TMJ joints. It can result in joint or disc injury as well as a muscle spasm. 

  • Posture – Most people don’t realize many of the muscles that control their jaw also attach to their upper neck. Chronically poor correctly. Sometimes people injure their TMJ joints by eating. Biting large or hard objects especially if only biting on one side of the mouth can easily injure your TMJ.


Most people who seek help with their TMJ can not point to one specific incident, but rather describe a condition that came on slowly and gets worse over time.

What Are The Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction

TMJ symptoms can be mild or quite severe. They can progress to the point that patients have a difficult time eating solid food. Here is a list of common symptoms that patients experience when dealing with TMJ dysfunction.

  • Pain in the TMJ joint – just in front of your ear hole.

  • Popping or clicking (may be painful or painless)

  • Locking of the jaw in an open position

  • Muscle spasm at the angle of their jaw and on the side of their head. 

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

How does Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa Eliminate TMJ Dysfunction and Pain?


  • Improving TMJ Joint Mobility – If a patient is assessed to have TMJ arising from an immobile TMJ joint (usually as a result of some past physical trauma that resulted in stiffness) the Harmony Ottawa physiotherapist can use manual therapy techniques to get the immobile TMJ moving properly again. They will then prescribe specific stretches that will help you to maintain the range of motion improvement between visits.


  • Reducing TMJ Muscle Spasm – Harmony Ottawa Physiotherapists are anatomy experts and understand how to assess the muscles of your TMJ. Often we find that muscle spasm preventing the TMJ joint from recovering. Manual therapy techniques to reduce spasm will help to improve joint alignment and movement, ultimately resulting in less pain.

  • Strength for Hypermobile TMJ Joints – Some patients have a TMJ joint that moves too easily,  too much or in a poor pattern. Your Harmony Ottawa physiotherapist can recognize this problem and help with treatments and exercises that strengthen weak muscles and improve your natural movement patterns.


  • Postural Training – Changing that forward head posture makes a big difference for some people who suffer from TMJ dysfunction. Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa teaches patients how to strengthen postural muscles and lengthen shortened tissues so that they can improve their head position. Your Physiotherapist will also make suggestions that will help set up your workstation, car or anywhere else you spend a lot of time sitting to promote a better body position.


  • Pain Relief For TMJ Dysfunction – When patients are in a lot of pain and just need some relief so that they can begin to make the changes outlined above, Harmony Ottawa physiotherapist can relieve the pain with thermal modalities, acupuncture, Dry Needling, and gentle manual therapy. 


Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa Physiotherapists will do a thorough assessment of your particular TMJ problem and match the treatment plan to the cause of your symptoms. 

Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa Physiotherapists will work in close collaboration with your Dental and Medical team to help you get better, Faster!