Dentistry & Physical Therapy: An Unlikely Duo

While physical therapy and dentistry may not seem to be related, they can actually go hand in hand. While you may not have directly related issues, you may suffer from neck pain, jaw pain, or headaches. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are disorders of the jaw muscles, temporomandibular joints, and the nerves associated with chronic facial pain.

older man with glasses having pain in his neck and jawOne such disorder, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) is often brought on by bad posture that places extra strain and pressure on the TMJ. For those who sit at their desks or in chairs for long periods of time, leaning forward places extra strain on the TMJ.

At FYZICAL, we evaluate the movement of the upper spine and neck and their contribution TMJ problems. We can then provide exercises or stretches to place the spine and neck in a better position. Postural training can reset the body to place less strain on the TMJ, relieving pain and headaches.

Our physical therapists can address issues such as TMD, neck pain, and headaches to help you live pain free. They use hands-on techniques (such as manual therapy) to help relieve pain and loosen tightness in the tissue and joints of the jaw. This helps restore normal joint and muscle flexibility or can break up scar tissues that can develop from constant reinjury.

Our main focus is to help you maintain and improve all levels of physical function. For more information on TMD and physical therapy, please visit our website at or call (309) 589-5900 today.