The jaw or, in medical terms, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the bottom jaw to the skull. Clicking, creaking, discomfort or pain in that or surrounding areas usually indicate a dysfunction. This can be mild – just a slight problem with the bite or clicking – or it can be more severe.
TMJ disorder can cause pain in the actual joint but can also lead to tension and pain conditions in the rest of the body, including toothache (without tooth decay), migraines, chronic neck pain and even backache, pelvic and hip misalignment, pelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction. Jaw dysfunction might also contribute to tinnitus and possibly even excessive earwax production.
There are many possible causes for TMJ disorder including stress, face or tongue muscle issues, grinding of teeth (bruxism), misaligned or damaged teeth/bite, hormonal issues (it has been found that reduced oestrogen levels can cause problems in this area) or arthritis in the joint itself. Breathing patterns, posture of the the lower and upper back and neck as well as our gait, pelvis or a weak core can also be a contributor.
The physical and the emotional side generally need to be addressed.
I run courses of 6 classes that combine other movement with jaw release techniques as well as Yoga techniques that help to release stress and recover a calm mind
I also offer non invasive TMJ Feldenkrais Functional Integration sessions. You can book one on one treatment that will be individualised to your particular case and is a combination of hands-on neuromyofascial treatment as well as retraining movement, that is, exercises specific to your individual case.
Please note: if your condition has started recently and you experience sudden onset of pain in your jaw, you may wish to confirm with your medical doctor that this treatment is suitable for you and exclude any other underlying health conditions.