Jaw Pain Physiotherapy

How Physiotherapy Can Help Your Jaw Pain  

We’ve all experienced jaw pain at some stage in our lives. It significantly impacts our ability to eat, speak and even sleep comfortably, but it often goes away within a few days, right? What happens when it doesn’t and worsens? This is known as Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder.  

The Temporomandibular Joint is the joint connecting your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorder occurs when there’s a dysfunction or misalignment in this joint, leading to jaw stiffness, clicking or popping sounds, difficulty opening or closing the mouth, headaches, and ear pain. TMJ is often caused by several factors that include teeth grinding, clenching, trauma, stress, or misalignment of the jaw.  

So, the question still lingers, how can Physiotherapy help?  

You wouldn’t think twice about seeing a physio for your ankle joint, so why is it different for your jaw? The TMJ, like all the other joints in your body, are made of joint surfaces, cartilage discs and supported by muscles and tendons. And of course, when it comes to joints, physios are the experts.   

So, while many people turn to medications or surgical interventions, physiotherapy is the non-invasive and effective approach to managing and relieving long-term jaw pain.  

Through gentle, hands-on techniques such as massage and mobilisation, our physios can release tension in the jaw muscles and increase blood circulation to alleviate pain and promote healing.   

Like any other muscle, strategic exercises can help to strengthen the jaw muscles and improve flexibility, whilst also aligning the jaw correctly. Through these personalised exercises, physio aims to reduce tension in the jaw, combat behaviours that affect TMJ and reduce pain.  

Jaw pain is also commonly associated with poor posture. Through physio, our team can identify postural issues and educate you to help correct your posture, reducing pressure on the TMJ.  

Jaw pain can be extremely debilitating and can impact your life. Physiotherapy is an effective treatment that can get to the source of your pain, bring you relief and provide you with long-term solutions to reduce its recurrence. So, if you or a family member are experiencing jaw pain, don’t wait – get in touch with our team this week. 

Elin, is an alumni of St. Edward’s University and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, furthered her academic journey by attaining a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University in 2022.

Her passion for sports, particularly football (soccer), is evident in both her academic pursuits and personal endeavors. Specialising in the comprehensive well-being of athletes, Elin focuses on restoring them to peak performance while actively preventing future injuries.

Elin’s professional expertise is centered on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on addressing and preventing knee injuries. Her approach integrates expert treatment with a commitment to educating and empowering patients, fostering their active involvement in enhancing their health and overall quality of life.

As an active participant in NPL football with SD Raiders, Elin brings firsthand experience and a profound understanding of the sport’s demands. Beyond the field, she extends her influence by contributing sports coverage over the weekends.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.