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TMJ and Craniofacial Dysfunction 

If you are experiencing problems with your jaw or pain in the head, face and or teeth, you are not alone! Many conditions can cause dysfunction of these areas, and it is important that you are cared for by a skilled interdisciplinary team.  Dentists, orthodontists, speech therapists and physical therapists have important roles to play in accurate diagnosis and treatment of your condition. A specialized physical therapist can help you to reduce pain and improve function. There are complex relationships between the jaw, head, neck and nervous system. Accurate diagnosis is critical to determining the correct course of treatment.  

What are symptoms of temporomandibular or craniofacial dysfunction?

  • Restricted mouth opening or closing
  • Tight and painful facial muscles
  • Difficulty chewing or talking due to jaw pain
  • Pain in the forehead, temples, sinus, head, scalp, teeth or behind the eyes
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Feeling of fullness in the ear, ear pain without infection
  • Bothersome clicking and popping of the jaw
  • Neck stiffness and pain
  • Difficulty swallowing

Dr. Arnette performing a manual therapy technique for the jaw during a Cranio Facial Therapy Academy continuing education session

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