TMJ Treatment / TMJ & Jaw Pain

Do you suffer from TMJ?

If so, you are not alone. More than 25% of the general population is effected by some type of jaw (TMJ) disorder. TMJ can cause headachesmigrainesneck and back pain if not treated. Over 30% of the patients we see at Reliant are TMJ patients. Many of our TMJ pain patients have previously tried medications, injections, chiropractor, massage therapy, physical therapy and/ or acupuncture to relieve their TMJ pain / TMJ treatment. The great news is that there is a brand new technique called Advanced Soft Tissue Release (ASTR), which effectively treats TMJDoctor Jacobs/specialist specializes in the treatment of jaw (TMJ).

What is Advanced Soft Tissue Release (ASTR)?

Advanced Soft Tissue Release (ASTR-patent pending) is a very gentle manual therapy technique, created by Dr. Joseph Jacobs/specialist, that gently and effectively treats TMJ. Many of our TMJ clients who have tried everything under the sun finally find relief with ASTR. Most TMJ clients experience pain relief within their first session and testify that Dr. Jacobs' approach is gentle and does not cause additional pain. Most TMJ clients boast that the results are immediate and long-lasting. ASTR is exclusively available at Reliant Physical Therapy for TMJ patients. Click here to read our patient testimonials and learn how you can also begin living pain free from TMJ.  ASTR is a non-surgical treatment approach for patients who suffer from TMJ pain.

TMJ & Jaw Pain

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most commonly used joints in the body. It opens and closes up to 2000 times per day.  (Gremillion 2000) found that more than 25% of the general population is effected by some type of TMJ disorder

Jaw Pain Causes:

These are some of the symptoms of TMJ disorders & Jaw pain:

  • Difficulty Chewing, Talking & Yawning
  • Headache
  • Neck Pain
  • Change in Bite
  • Clenching & Grinding
  • Clicking & Popping
  • TMJ Locking 
  • Ear pain/ Sensation of Fullness / Tennitus

TMJ Disorders

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) or Jaw Joint connects the mandibular (lower jaw) to the temporal bone in the head. The jaw joints enable us to chew, talk, and yawn. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD),TMJ disorders are a group of several conditions that results in jaw joint pain and dysfunction in the jaw movement.

These are the most common conditions of TMJ disorders:

  • Myofasical pain that causes pain in the muscle that controls the jaw movement.
  • Derangement of the joint such as dislocated jaw, displaced disc, or condyle injury.
  • Arthritis of the Temopromandibular joint.

It is common that the person who suffers from TMJ disorders has one or more of the above conditions. Injury to the temporomandibular joint or muscles of the neck and head can cause TMD. Stress may cause the individual to experience tightness in the jaw and facial muscles.

TMJ Disorders Symptoms:

These are some of the common symptoms of TMD

  • Limited mouth opening motion
  • Pain or tenderness of the face, jaw joint, neck , and or around the ear when chewing, talking or opening the mouth wide
  • Jaw (TMJ) clicking, locking, or popping
  • Difficulty with chewing
  • Sometimes experience ear pain/ sensation of fullness/ tennitus
  • Other symptoms could include: headaches, neck pain, earaches, ringing in the ears, toothaches
  • Patient avoided hip surgery.

  • Patient avoided back surgery.

  • This newborn came in unable to move his neck from the side position. He suffered from torticollis, severe neck and back spasms. After just 1 ASTR treatment, he had complete range of motion.

  • Patient came in unable to move his neck from the side position. After 3 ASTR treatments, he regained full range of motion.

  • This young gymnast came in unable to do the splits. After just 1 ASTR treatment, she had full range of motion.


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