TMJ Disorders

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called “TMJ,” are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement.  For most people, pain in the area of the jaw joint or muscles does not signal a serious problem. Generally, discomfort from these conditions is occasional and temporary, often occurring in cycles. The pain eventually goes away with little or no treatment. Some people, however, develop significant, long-term symptoms.


A Physical Therapist can develop a program for you that include learning and practicing techniques for regaining normal jaw movement. Physical Therapy can assist a TMJ patient through relaxation, stretching, and releasing tight muscles and scar tissue. Physical Therapy is also an important part of recover from TM joint surgery, as it helps minimize scar tissue formation and muscle tightness.

Our Director of Physical Therapy Ryan Beer, DPT has special interest in TMJ disorders and has advanced training in this area.