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Untitled-design-2023-12-29T133020.057 PHYSICAL THERAPY IN CLAYTON MO: TMJ THERAPY



The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) serves as a critical hinge connecting the jawbone to the skull, facilitating essential functions like speaking, chewing, and swallowing. However, when individuals experience temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), it can result in distressing symptoms such as discomfort, clicking or popping sensations, restricted jaw movement, and muscle tenderness. At RPI, Physical Therapy in Clayton, MO, we specialize in offering tailored physical therapy techniques specifically designed to alleviate TMJ pain and restore optimal jaw function.

Understanding TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders encompass a wide range of conditions affecting the temporomandibular joint and surrounding muscles. The causes of these disorders can vary, including factors such as stress, teeth grinding (bruxism), misaligned teeth or jaw, arthritis, trauma, or muscle tension.

Personalized Physical Therapy Approaches

At RPi Physical Therapy in Clayton, our skilled therapists conduct comprehensive evaluations to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to address each patient’s unique TMJ condition. These plans involve a variety of specialized physical therapy techniques aimed at reducing pain and improving jaw mobility. Our physical therapists design specific exercises to strengthen and stretch the jaw muscles, aiming to alleviate tension and restore proper jaw movement. These exercises are customized to suit individual needs and gradually enhance jaw function over time.

Manual Therapy Techniques for TMJ Comfort

Hands-on manual therapy techniques are employed to address muscle tension and joint restrictions associated with TMJ disorders. Our therapists use precise techniques to improve jaw mobility, reduce discomfort, and restore normal function. In our Clayton clinic, we offer advanced pain management strategies involving therapeutic modalities such as heat or cold therapy, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, or laser therapy. These modalities effectively reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, and promote healing.

Lifestyle Modifications and Education

Beyond treatment, our therapists educate patients on proper jaw mechanics, stress management, relaxation techniques, and lifestyle modifications to prevent aggravating TMJ symptoms and enhance overall well-being. We recognize that each patient’s TMJ condition is unique, requiring individualized attention. Our therapists are committed to creating tailored treatment plans to address specific symptoms and restore comfortable jaw function.

Contact RPI Physical Therapy for TMJ Relief

Don’t let TMJ pain hinder your daily life. Contact RPI Physical Therapy in Clayton or Creve Coeur for specialized care. Our expert therapists will create personalized treatment plans to alleviate TMJ discomfort and enhance jaw function. Take the initiative towards a pain-free life—schedule an appointment today!