Jaw Pain2018-09-26T16:37:01+00:00

Jaw Pain

The jaw is one of the most used joints in the human body, utilised when speaking, chewing, drinking, swallowing, yawning, breathing and when making facial expressions. Jaw pain is extremely common and can be caused by a variety of conditions, including dental issues, musculoskeletal disorders and conditions brought on by stress, such as jaw clenching or teeth grinding.

Active Release Technique (ART), manual manipulation and exercises can generally help sufferers of jaw pain.

Often, jaw pain can be relieved simply by becoming more aware of stress-related habits, such as jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Small lifestyle changes such as practicing relaxation/meditation/breathing and improving posture with jaw stretching exercises can relieve pain. Sometimes jaw pain is related to whiplash or dental issues, such as gum disease, toothache or sinus problems.

In some cases, however, jaw pain is a sign of a more serious illnesses, or disease that requires further medical attention. In extreme cases, it can also be a symptom of heart attack. For those suffering from persistent jaw pain, it’s important to speak to your doctor or Jurmaine Health practitioners, to determine the cause. By identifying this root cause, our Jurmaine Health professionals specialise in delivering effective treatments that relieve pain.

Treatment of Jaw Pain

Jurmaine Health recommends the following treatment options; Active Release Technique (ART, soft tissue treatment, dynamic postural training, mobilisation and manual manipulation of the region from the thorax and rib cage to the cervical vertebrae and its surrounding affected soft tissue can help to ease the symptoms of jaw pain.

Causes of jaw pain

  • Jaw dislocation
  • Coronary artery disease (Angina)
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
  • Teeth clenching – usually caused by stress
  • Dental conditions, such as an abscessed tooth
  • Overbite or underbite
  • Teeth grinding (Bruxism)
  • Trauma to the jaw (eg. whiplash or a heavy blow)
  • Arthritis in the jaw joint
  • Myofascial pain
  • Wisdom tooth extraction
  • Masticatory muscle dysfunction
  • Trigeminal neuralgia (Tic douloureux)

Other symptoms of jaw pain

Different people experience different sensations when experiencing jaw pain. Depending on the cause, some people feel constant pain, while others only feel pain when doing activities which provoke it (eg. eating or yawning).

Jaw pain can be described by the following conditions:

  • A clicking jaw
  • A popping jaw
  • Pain or discomfort when chewing
  • Lock jaw
  • Facial pain
  • Face swelling
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Earaches or ear pain
  • Problems with opening mouth
  • Problems with clenching jaw
  • Tooth pain
  • An uneven bite

Top tips for jaw care

  • Maintain a good posture
  • Wear a night guard
  • Practice relaxation techniques
  • Use heat or ice packs to ease pain
  • Eat softer foods and avoid chewy or tough foods
  • Learn to become more self-aware of jaw clenching / teeth grinding
  • Take painkillers such as paracetamol or aspirin

Other treatment for jaw pain

Common treatments for ongoing jaw pain include, Active Release Technique (ART), dynamic postural training, cranial nerve mobilisation and manipulation.

For jaw pain requiring further treatment, options can include anaesthesia injections, dental work, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), or, in severe case, surgery may be required.

At Jurmaine Health, our aim is to get you well and help you manage your condition. Treatment for jaw pain generally includes assessment, treatments and stretching and strengthening exercises.

Jaw Pain

The jaw is one of the most used joints in the human body, utilised when speaking, chewing, drinking, swallowing, yawning, breathing and when making facial expressions. Jaw pain is extremely common and can be caused by a variety of conditions, including dental issues, musculoskeletal disorders and conditions brought on by stress, such as jaw clenching or teeth grinding.

Active Release Technique (ART), manual manipulation and exercises can generally help sufferers of jaw pain.

Often, jaw pain can be relieved simply by becoming more aware of stress-related habits, such as jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Small lifestyle changes such as practicing relaxation/meditation/breathing and improving posture with jaw stretching exercises can relieve pain. Sometimes jaw pain is related to whiplash or dental issues, such as gum disease, toothache or sinus problems.

In some cases, however, jaw pain is a sign of a more serious illnesses, or disease that requires further medical attention. In extreme cases, it can also be a symptom of heart attack. For those suffering from persistent jaw pain, it’s important to speak to your doctor or Jurmaine Health practitioners, to determine the cause. By identifying this root cause, our Jurmaine Health professionals specialise in delivering effective treatments that relieve pain.

Treatment of Jaw Pain

Jurmaine Health recommends the following treatment options; Active Release Technique (ART, soft tissue treatment, dynamic postural training, mobilisation and manual manipulation of the region from the thorax and rib cage to the cervical vertebrae and its surrounding affected soft tissue can help to ease the symptoms of jaw pain.

Causes of jaw pain

  • Jaw dislocation
  • Coronary artery disease (Angina)
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
  • Teeth clenching – usually caused by stress
  • Dental conditions, such as an abscessed tooth
  • Overbite or underbite
  • Teeth grinding (Bruxism)
  • Trauma to the jaw (eg. whiplash or a heavy blow)
  • Arthritis in the jaw joint
  • Myofascial pain
  • Wisdom tooth extraction
  • Masticatory muscle dysfunction
  • Trigeminal neuralgia (Tic douloureux)

Other symptoms of jaw pain

Different people experience different sensations when experiencing jaw pain. Depending on the cause, some people feel constant pain, while others only feel pain when doing activities which provoke it (eg. eating or yawning).

Jaw pain can be described by the following conditions:

  • A clicking jaw
  • A popping jaw
  • Pain or discomfort when chewing
  • Lock jaw
  • Facial pain
  • Face swelling
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Earaches or ear pain
  • Problems with opening mouth
  • Problems with clenching jaw
  • Tooth pain
  • An uneven bite

Top tips for jaw care

  • Maintain a good posture
  • Wear a night guard
  • Practice relaxation techniques
  • Use heat or ice packs to ease pain
  • Eat softer foods and avoid chewy or tough foods
  • Learn to become more self-aware of jaw clenching / teeth grinding
  • Take painkillers such as paracetamol or aspirin

Other treatment for jaw pain

Common treatments for ongoing jaw pain include, Active Release Technique (ART), dynamic postural training, cranial nerve mobilisation and manipulation.

For jaw pain requiring further treatment, options can include anaesthesia injections, dental work, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), or, in severe case, surgery may be required.

At Jurmaine Health, our aim is to get you well and help you manage your condition. Treatment for jaw pain generally includes assessment, treatments and stretching and strengthening exercises.

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