Osteopath for Jaw Pain

Jaw pain, or TMJ pain, is a common problem affecting millions of people globally. Surprisingly, jaw pain is twice as common in women (35-44 years old).  ouch! 

What’s a TMJ? It’s like a tiny hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. You have one on each side, right in front of your ears. TMJ help you munch, chat, and yawn with ease. But when they’re not working together smoothly, that’s when an osteopath for jaw pain can lend a hand. We”ll help you get jaw joints back in sync so you can chomp, gab, and snooze without a hitch.

Causes Of Jaw Pain

  • TMJ Disorders: Jaw joint issues causing pain, clicking, and stiffness.
  • Dental Issues: Toothaches, gum disease, and misaligned teeth.
  • Muscle Strain: Overuse, clenching, or injury causing jaw muscle pain.
  • Other Medical Conditions: Arthritis, sinusitis, trigeminal neuralgia, and more.
  • Trauma: Injury or surgery to the jaw or surrounding areas.
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Symptoms of Jaw Pain

The most common symptoms of jaw pain are: 

Headache

Incorrect jaw position can tire jaw muscles, causing spasms and symptoms like constant headaches, morning migraines, eye and sinus pain, and neck/shoulder pain. 

Earache

Conditions like TMJ disorders, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis can lead to ear and jaw pain. 

Neck Pain 

The muscles and nerves around the jaw and neck are closely connected, so inflammation or tension in one area can easily affect the other.

Pain In Face and Jaw

This is the most common symptom of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders, which are a group of conditions that affect the jaw joint and the muscles that control it. The pain can be on one side or both sides of the jaw, and it can be dull, aching, or sharp and stabbing. 

Clicking/popping Of Jaw

Your jaw can pop in two ways. First, when you open your mouth wide, like when you yawn. This is normal and not usually a problem.

Second, when you close your mouth and then open it again, like when you chew or talk. This happens when the cushioning cartilage in your jaw joint moves in and out of place.

Facial Swelling

In some cases, TMJ disorders can cause swelling in the face, especially around the jaw joint.

Trouble Opening/closing Mouth

Difficulty opening or closing your mouth, also known as limited mouth opening or trismus, is a common symptom of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), which affect the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. 

Trigeminal Neuralgia

The trigeminal nerve supplies sensation to your jaw, so its irritation can lead to electric shock-like pain in that area. 

Tinnitus or Ringing in the Ears

Some TMJ disorders can irritate nerves near the jaw, triggering a buzzing or high-pitched sound in your ears. 

Osteopath for Jaw Pain in Sydney

Here at Osteopath Sydney, our skilled osteopaths use effective techniques, including cranial osteopathy to address jaw pain.  Our osteopathic treatment for jaw pain doesn’t just focus on the jaw joint itself. We understand that jaw pain can stem from a complex web of interconnected issues, like muscle tension, joint dysfunction, postural imbalances, and even stress and tension. As one of the leading providers of osteopathy in Sydney, we target the root causes of jaw pain. Through soft tissue releases, cranial manipulation, and joint mobilisation, we aim to release tension, improve muscle flexibility, and restore balance to the TMJ. Improving posture, reducing stress and promoting relaxation can help prevent muscle tension and jaw clenching. At Osteopath Sydney Clinic, we believe in partnering with you for long-term relief and developing a personalised osteopathic treatment plan. Our osteopaths can offer guidance on self-care techniques and mindfulness practices to help manage your jaw pain and prevent it from recurring.  If you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, our osteopaths can work alongside your dentist to provide additional support. By addressing any underlying imbalances that might be contributing to pain, we can help make your orthodontic journey smoother and more comfortable. Jaw pain doesn’t have to control your life. At Osteopath Sydney, our osteopath for jaw pain in Sydney are dedicated to helping you find lasting relief through the gentle and effective power of cranial osteopathy. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and experience the difference.