Headaches? Does your jaw click, lock or catch? ….. Might be TMJ

24/09/2013

Jaw pain

TMJ is an abbreviation for Temporomandibular Joint, or the jaw joint.  There are two, one in front of each ear.  These joints move each time we chew, talk or swallow.  They are probably the most used joints in the body (used far more by some of us than others!). The TMJs have a disc between the bones, like the ones between your back bones; this disc also helps with pressure distribution in the joint.

Common symptoms of TMJ dysfunction:

Clicking is the most common symptom of TMJ.  This clicking sound may be so loud that it can be heard by others when you chew.  This clicking can be produced by the disc being caught between the two bones of the TMJ.

Catching or Locking of the TMJs may feel like a catching of the lower jaw as it opens.  When the TMJ Disc goes out of place, the bones and disc do not fit together properly which can result in locking or catching.

Fullness in the ears is often felt, due to the close relationship of the TMJs and the ears.

Headaches located in the temples and back of the head can come from the TMJs.  Clenching and grinding of the teeth produce muscle tightness which can cause headache pain.  A displaced disc in the TMJ may cause pain in the temples that is so severe that it is often confused with a migraine.

Teeth and Facial pain may actually be referred pain from the joint, muscles and disc of the TMJs.

Physiotherapy can help people suffering with TMJ problems.  We focus on relieving muscle spasm and addressing imbalances in the jaw and neck joints.  Often, massage, joint mobilisation, exercises and alterations in life-style may be all that is needed to cure jaw pain. Physiotherapists are able to determine if further interventions like wearing a night splint is necessary and we can refer you to TMJ specialist doctors if required.

Ask our Physiotherapists at InnerStrength of Bayside about treatment options and further advice.

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Spikey Ball!

11/09/13

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Sore upper back? Sore feet? Have you ever used a spikey ball to massage these areas? They only cost $12 and are a great way to self massage!

Roll your foot over it whilst sitting or standing to release cramping or tired and sore feet. Also place the ball to the side of your spine between your shoulder blades whilst leaning against the wall and roll up and down and massage out those tight areas.

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Cancer Rehabilitation

29/08/2013

Do you or someone you know have cancer? Did you know that both surgery and cancer treatments such as chemotherapy cause extreme de-conditioning and fatigue and exercise helps to correct both of these debilitating problems? More importantly exercise has also been shown to significantly improve longevity in cancer survivors!

Physiotherapist Luci Minogue at InnerStrength of Bayside is an accredited PINC and STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist. Click here to find out more about the PINC and STEEL programs!

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How is your posture at work?

19/08/13

Observe yourself throughout a normal day at work.

Do you experience pain in your neck? Shoulders? Back?

How much time do you spend seated?

Once you are aware of possible issues, you can make changes. Small changes, one at a time can make the big difference.

Our Principal Physiotherapist Luci has a degree in Ergonomics. So, if you would like her help to be more comfortable while sitting at your desk, Luci would be happy to help.

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Thoracic Spine Stretches

12/08/13

Do you ever get a sore upper back or neck from prolonged sitting for example at a desk or leaning over a work station? View our video here where Principal Physiotherapist Luci Minogue teaches some easy to do upper back stretches.

If your pain worsens or persists with these stretches please call InnerStrength of Bayside on 8555 4099 to make a physiotherapy appointment.

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Dry Needling

01/08/2013

Have you heard of dry needling and wondered what it is?

To practice Dry Needling a physiotherapist needs to undertake specialised training courses. There are different types of dry needling such as Trigger Point Needling or Dry Needling Plus. Our Principal Physiotherapist Luci Minogue has been trained in Dry Needling Plus and has had a lot of success in treating musculoskeletal injuries such as back pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, hip pain and knee pain. Dry Needling Plus is driven by the musculoskeletal assessment of anomalies in movement and tissue. The physiotherapist will then insert acupuncture needles into this tissue to cause changes in tissue physiology. Among other things, dry needling increases the blood flow to an area and can improve muscle activation, reduce tightness and therefore improve a person’s function.

For more information please contact InnerStrength of Bayside.

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InnerStrength of Bayside will be using this page to keep you up to date with the latest changes in Physiotherapy care. We will also regularly provide you with helpful tips and advice to keep you healthy and injury free in your day to day lives and activities. Please feel free to contact us to request any topics you would like us to comment on!

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