Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Therapy

What to Expect

A series of three to eight weekly treatments is often required to re-pattern the TMJ Dysfunction (TMJD), and/or laryngeal position. Treatment goals and criteria for detecting progress will be established so you may measure effectiveness.

Assessment begins with looking at the symmetry of mouth opening and closing, and habits of clenching and/or grinding. The health and function of the sinuses, ears, cranial bones, speech and breathing patterns, as well as dental history will all be considered. Pain is often reduced when the tightness in the chewing muscles is diminished or resolved.

Accessing the chewing muscles involves working inside the mouth for 20 to 30 seconds at a time, alternating between right and left sides. Releasing muscle tightness and joint compression fosters mechanical symmetry, addresses pain, and can contribute to improving your bite.


The therapist not only incorporates the use of intra-oral TMJ techniques during treatments, but also combines it with craniosacral therapy, soft-tissue release, myofascial trigger point release and breathing techniques in order to address all the surrounding issues involved with TMJ dysfunction.

The Importance of addressing TMJ Pain

The jaw (or TMJ for Temporo Mandibular Joint) is frequently unacknowledged as a source of pain in many head, neck, face, and vocal conditions. People who experience headaches, motor vehicle accidents, sport or work site injuries, often have jaw issues that can accumulate to overwhelming levels. Clenching the teeth is a very common habit during sleep, while concentrating, or from stress. This often results in an accumulation of both compressive forces in the joints and asymmetrical muscle tightness which can lead to clicking, pain and ultimately joint damage. Resolving the joint compression and muscular tightness can re-pattern the jaw mechanics and save pain and difficulties decades later.

TMJ pain and dysfunction may be secondary to other conditions. Those who are troubled with headaches often have clenching and TMJ Dysfunction as a silent contributor. Many cases of scoliosis or Low Back Pain also present TMJ difficulties. Motor vehicle accidents and sports injuries often lay the foundation for TMJ issues. TMJ pain and dysfunction frequently involve a vicious cycle comprised of many primary and secondary components. The goal is to identify and separate the components so that they are no longer influencing each other.


Singers, brass and woodwind musicians as well as teachers, broadcasters and clergy will all know the value of good jaw mechanics. If there is stiffness, pain or joint clicking there is surely a reduction in airflow, vocal projection, resonance or embouchure stamina. Restoring symmetrical function, resolving pain and joint restrictions can be extremely valuable both personally and professionally.

The jaw (or TMJ for Temporomandibular Joint) is frequently unacknowledged as a source of pain in many head, neck, face, and vocal conditions.