What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. These joints are among some of the most frequently used joints in the body, allowing us to talk, chew, yawn, sneeze and swallow. The average person opens his or her mouth over 10,000 times per day so it is easy to see how important it is to perform this activity correctly.
Why TMJ Therapy?
TMJ problems can lead to chronic conditions if left untreated. Early symptoms may include fatigue and tightness of the facial and neck muscles, headaches, pain with chewing or talking, limited or painful opening of the mouth, and clicking or popping of the TMJ. Adults who ignore years of clicking and popping often progress to acute closed lock conditions, degenerative joint disease and chronic pain. Furthermore, there is close association between TMJ disorders and some cervical spine disorders. Along with some dentists, few physical therapists have the advanced training neccessary to properly assess and treat these areas effectively.
Why Rebound Physical Therapy to treat TMJ dysfunction?
Rebound has the highest level of expertise in providing physical therapy for TMJ issues in Central Oregon. Several years ago, Rebound recognized the need in our community to provide advanced physical therapy for treatment of TMJ disorders. Several of our most experienced orthopedic therapists committed themselves to undergo the highest level of post-graduate training and certification in the area of craniofacial pain and TMJ care. One of our therapists completed a post-graduate university residency program within a TMJ specialty clinic and has taken advanced craniofacial pain coursework with internationally recognized TMJ expert, Dr. Mariano Rocabado. Another of our specialists was the first in Oregon to have completed a post-graduate Cranio-facial Pain Certification program, and our other specialist has over 38 years of experience treating TMJ disorders and has even lectured on this subject at national conferences. No other therapists have this level of or training and commitment to TMJ care in Central Oregon. We also work closely with your dentist or other providers in delivering the care you need for this problem.