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Jaw Pain

Temporomandibular Disorder or TMJ Pain

The jaw is the most used joint in the body. It is used for talking, chewing, facial expressions, breathing and swallowing so jaw pain can be particularly annoying.  The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. Sometimes a person can experience TMJ pain if the jaw has been over worked, if a person has an overbite or if a person is going through some dental treatment. More recently, TMJ pain has been linked to stress. Pain can radiate around the side of the face and can cause headaches (similar to migraines) and neck pain.  Tinnitus or ear ringing can also be associated with TMJ dysfunction.

Other Contributing factors:

  • Teeth clinching or grinding
  • Removal of wisdom teeth
  • Mandibular (jaw) misalignment
  • Orhtodontic treatment
  • Poor cervical (neck posture)
  • Whiplash
  • Trauma

How we treat Jaw Pain / TMJ Pain:

At Z10 Physiotherapy, we use a combination of innovative treatment techniques to treat TMJ pain. Treatment will include:

  • Dry Needling to reduce muscle spasm around the jaw
  • Soft tissue massage to decrease pain and muscle tightness
  • Vertebral mobilisations in the neck (some pain can be referred form the neck, vertebral mobilisations will decrease any referred symptoms)
  • Ultrasound to decrease inflammation and reduce pain
  • Range of movement exercises
  • Strengthening exercises

Frequently Asked Questions

Each session is €70. Students and Medical Card holders cost €60.

Each appointment usually lasts 30mins.

No. You can make an appointment without a referral from your GP. If on assessment we deem your condition requires GP input we will refer you on.

Yes, we accept all major cards.

We are recognized by all the major insurance companies and you do not need a referral letter from your provider. The amount that can be claimed varies depending on your plan. Treatment costs are also tax deductible via a Med-1 form.
So for example, if you spend €60.00 on physiotherapy and you receive €40 from your health insurance company, then the remainder €20 is subject to tax relief. If you’re in the 42% bracket you can receive a further €8.40 in tax relief.

We would advise to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. We usually need to inspect the affected area so please wear clothing that allows for this. If your leg is the the injured area then it’s a good idea to wear shorts.

The treatment for each individual varies. However, following your first appointment we will discuss the anticipated number of treatments. You will be reassessed on each visit. On average, most patients usually require 2-3 treatments.

This varies between people. Some people do experience some short term discomfort which quickly subsides. This is taken into account during your treatment.

Yes, there is plenty of on-street parking available on Bath Avenue, or around the corner on South Lotts Road. For driving directions and information on other transport options you can call us and we will provide you with instructions.