• Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

Treatment Therapy

Using the hands-on work of osteopathy to relax soft tissues in and around the mouth, face and neck with specialist exercises to work on tongue and lip strength and swallow and breathing patterns.
Helpful for ENT related issues, chronic jaw problems, supporting orthodontics and for children.

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

Many people with jaw pain or associated symptoms will be looking at this page having already sought help from other providers like a Dentist, GP, Physio or ENT consultant. The likelihood is they have not been able to find anything wrong and you may solely be relying on a mouth guard to help your issues (which is unlikely to be helping!) You or your child may have symptoms ranging from jaw pain, jaw clicking or popping, your ears feeling full or itchy, tinnitus, snoring, grinding or clenching, headaches, problems with chewing or swallowing, unexplained toothache, a locked jaw, breathing difficulties, malocclusion or crowded teeth.
In answer to this, Key Osteopaths is pleased to now be offering orofacial myofunctional therapy. This is an evidence-based practice that explores ways to improve neuromuscular repatterning around your mouth and oropharynx – often providing the most long-term results for problems.
The main goal of therapy is to influence:
Working on these may help:
Your habits and growth as a child often influence many of these aspects as an adult. Most people may identify with the following habits as a child such as; thumb sucking, nail biting, pacifier use, tongue ties and trouble feeding, tonsilitis or enlarged adenoids, snoring and open mouth posture.
A typical appearance of someone with Orofacial Myofunctional Dysfunctions; a weak looking chin, enlarged cheeks from tight muscles, an open bite from tongue thrusts, a long face or crowded teeth from a narrow palate, you may have had braces as a child but found your teeth became overcrowded again as an adult. You may see circles under the eyes from poor sleep or thin lips from them being weak. We work with children and adults.

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With children the goal is to improve these symptoms before they become problematic. This offers an opportunity to develop their palate correctly – therefore allowing enough space for the adult teeth to come through. This then prevents removal of teeth to ‘create space’ as teenagers. Faces are very malleable when young and you can see big changes if the plan is followed correctly. There may be tongue ties that were not picked up as a baby that may need to be assessed and released to be able to follow the programme.
When working with adults, there are likely to be missed tongue ties that have created many of the issues. We can direct you to someone for a release if needed, before starting therapy. There can often be changes in aesthetics from posture to the actual face as the months progress, but ultimately, we are trying to improve the function of the tongue, lips and swallow to improve symptoms you may be experiencing.
What does Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Look like?
Typically, you can expect this to be a 12-month programme – while this sounds like a big commitment you will not need to come in every week, but it often takes this long to relearn the new patterns. You can normally expect to visit more regularly for the first few months when issues are more acute and you are learning the basics and towards the end few months sessions are likely to be monthly. Your first session will include a full assessment (photos, measurements, swallow assessment), hands-on treatment including intra oral work and your first set of exercises. Every session thereafter will include hands-on treatment and then a new set of exercises where needed.

Initial Assessment

£150/ 75 minutes

  • Health History
  • Assessment
  • Photos
  • Jaw Measurements
  • Hands-on Treatment
  • Home Exercises
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Ongoing Treatments

£80/ 40 minutes

  • Review of Exercises and Symptoms
  • Hands-on Treatment
  • Adjust Home Exercises
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Top-Up Treatments

£60/ 30 minutes

  • If you would like extra hands-on treatment outside of the planned appointments these can be through a standard osteopathy appointment.
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Common TMJ and Jaw Pain Conditions

There are several common TMJ and jaw pain conditions that individuals may experience. These conditions can vary in severity and require specific treatment approaches. Some of the common TMJ and jaw pain conditions include:

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Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD):

TMD is a broad term that encompasses various conditions affecting the jaw joint and surrounding structures. It can cause pain, stiffness, limited jaw movement, and discomfort while chewing. Treatment for TMD may involve a combination of techniques, such as gentle jaw exercises, lifestyle modifications, stress management, and osteopathic treatment to relieve pain and restore proper jaw function.

Temporomandibular Joint Osteoarthritis:

Osteoarthritis can affect the temporomandibular joint, causing joint degeneration, pain, and inflammation. Treatment for temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis may include pain management strategies, lifestyle modifications, exercises to improve joint mobility, and osteopathic treatment to alleviate symptoms and improve jaw function.

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Temporomandibular Joint Disc Displacement:

This condition occurs when the cushioning disc within the jaw joint moves out of its normal position. It can lead to jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds, and difficulty in opening or closing the mouth. Treatment options for temporomandibular joint disc displacement may include jaw exercises, lifestyle modifications, pain management techniques, and osteopathic treatment to reposition the disc and restore normal jaw function.

Treatment for TMJ and jaw pain conditions is highly individualised based on the specific condition and its underlying causes. Consulting with our experienced osteopaths is crucial for an accurate diagnosis and developing a personalised treatment plan.

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Lifestyle Modifications to Prevent and Manage TMJ and Jaw Pain

In addition to professional treatment, making certain lifestyle modifications can help prevent and manage TMJ and jaw pain. These modifications aim to reduce stress on the jaw joint, promote relaxation, and improve jaw function. Here are some lifestyle modifications that can be beneficial:

Avoid excessive jaw movements: Limit activities that put excessive strain on your jaw, such as chewing gum, biting your nails, or chewing on hard or tough foods. Opt for softer and easier-to-chew foods to minimise stress on the jaw joint.

Practice relaxation techniques: Stress and tension can contribute to TMJ and jaw pain. Incorporate relaxation techniques into your daily routine, such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, or engaging in activities that help you unwind and reduce stress levels.

Maintain good posture: Poor posture can affect the alignment of your jaw and contribute to TMJ pain. Practice proper posture by keeping your head and neck aligned with your spine. Sit up straight and avoid slouching to promote a neutral jaw position.

Apply moist heat or cold packs: Applying moist heat or cold packs to the jaw area can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Use a warm compress or a cold pack wrapped in a cloth and apply it to the affected area for 15-20 minutes at a time. Be sure to consult with our team of professional osteopaths for specific recommendations.

Practice gentle jaw exercises: Engaging in gentle jaw exercises can help improve jaw mobility and strengthen the surrounding muscles. Our osteopaths will offer you guidance on appropriate exercises tailored to your specific condition.

Avoid clenching or grinding your teeth: Teeth clenching or grinding, also known as bruxism, can contribute to TMJ and jaw pain. If you have this habit, talk to your dentist about potential solutions, such as wearing a mouthguard or exploring stress-reduction techniques.

Manage stress: Stress can exacerbate TMJ and jaw pain. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as practicing yoga, engaging in hobbies, seeking social support, or seeking professional help if needed. Stress management techniques can help alleviate jaw tension and promote overall well-being.

It’s important to note that lifestyle modifications alone may not completely resolve TMJ and jaw pain. It’s advisable to consult with our qualified osteopaths, who will assess your specific condition and develop an individualised treatment plan that may include lifestyle modifications, osteopathic treatment, and other appropriate interventions.

Remember, everyone’s experience with TMJ and jaw pain is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. Our friendly team will fully educated you on effective strategies to prevent and manage TMJ and jaw pain and improve your overall quality of life.

Our Osteopathy Treatment Methods & Benefits to Relieve & Manage TMJ / Jaw Pain

Osteopathy offers a holistic approach to improving TMJ function and relieving jaw pain. Here are some ways in which our osteopathic treatment can be beneficial:

Manual therapy techniques: We use gentle manual therapy techniques to address dysfunctions in the muscles, ligaments, and joints of the jaw. These techniques aim to restore normal mobility and alignment, alleviate muscle tension, and reduce pain.

Soft tissue manipulation: We may employ soft tissue manipulation to release tension and tightness in the muscles surrounding the TMJ. This can help improve flexibility, reduce muscle spasms, and relieve jaw pain.

Joint mobilisation: Osteopathic joint mobilisation techniques can be applied to the TMJ to restore normal joint function and range of motion. By gently mobilising the joint, osteopaths aim to reduce stiffness, improve jaw movement, and alleviate pain.

Cranial osteopathy: Cranial osteopathy techniques can be used to address imbalances in the skull and the surrounding structures, including the TMJ. This approach aims to optimise the alignment and mobility of the cranial bones, promoting overall TMJ function and reducing jaw pain.

Postural assessment and correction: Your osteopath will assess the posture of the entire body, as postural imbalances can contribute to TMJ dysfunction and pain. They may recommend specific exercises and postural corrections to improve alignment and relieve strain on the TMJ.

Education and self-care guidance: We will also provide education on proper jaw mechanics, posture, and self-care techniques to manage TMJ-related symptoms. We may suggest specific exercises, relaxation techniques, and lifestyle modifications to support the healing process and prevent further jaw pain.

It’s important to note that the effectiveness of osteopathy for TMJ function improvement and jaw pain relief can vary depending on the individual and the underlying cause of the condition. If you’re experiencing TMJ dysfunction or jaw pain, we invite you to consult with our qualified osteopath who specialise in temporomandibular disorders. They will assess your specific condition, develop a tailored treatment plan, and provide ongoing support to help improve TMJ function, alleviate pain, and enhance your overall well-being, contact us today and start your journey to pain free life.

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Choosing Key Osteopaths for Expert TMJ and Jaw Pain Treatment

Choosing the right healthcare provider is essential when seeking effective and comprehensive treatment for TMJ/jaw pain. At Key Osteopaths, we are dedicated to providing expert care for TMJ/jaw pain, aiming to alleviate discomfort and restore optimal jaw function.

Our team of osteopaths consists of highly experienced professionals with specialised knowledge in treating TMJ/jaw pain. They possess a deep understanding of jaw anatomy, biomechanics, and common TMJ-related conditions. With their expertise, they can accurately assess and diagnose the underlying causes of your TMJ/jaw pain, enabling them to create a personalised treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

We take a holistic approach to TMJ/jaw pain treatment, focusing not only on symptom relief but also on addressing the root causes of your pain. Our osteopaths consider your overall health, lifestyle factors, and any underlying issues that may contribute to your TMJ/jaw pain. By treating the whole body, we strive to promote optimal healing and long-term jaw health.

Each patient receives an individualised treatment plan that takes into account their unique symptoms, medical history, and treatment goals. Our osteopaths work closely with you to develop a plan that may include a combination of manual techniques, exercises, lifestyle adjustments, and self-care strategies. This comprehensive approach ensures that your treatment is tailored to your specific needs and aims to alleviate TMJ/jaw pain while improving function.

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We employ a wide range of techniques to effectively address TMJ/jaw pain. These techniques may include soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation, manipulation, stretching, and customised exercise prescription. By utilising a variety of techniques, we can create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs, maximising the effectiveness of your TMJ/jaw pain relief.

Patient education and support are integral components of our approach. We are committed to empowering our patients with knowledge and self-care strategies that can support their jaw health. Our osteopaths provide education on proper jaw posture, ergonomics, exercises, and lifestyle modifications that can help prevent future TMJ issues and promote long-term jaw health. We are here to support you throughout your journey towards improved jaw function and pain relief.

Do not let TMJ/jaw pain hinder your daily activities and quality of life. Choose Key Osteopaths for expert TMJ/jaw pain treatment that prioritises holistic care, personalised treatment plans, and comprehensive techniques. Get in touch with Key Osteopaths today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards finding relief and regaining optimal jaw function.

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Frequently Asked Questions About TMJ / Jaw Pain Treatment

Q: Can osteopathy help with TMJ and jaw pain?

A: Yes, osteopathy can be an effective treatment option for TMJ and jaw pain. Osteopathic treatment focuses on restoring proper alignment, function, and mobility of the temporomandibular joint and surrounding structures. Through manual therapy techniques, joint mobilisation, and soft tissue manipulation, osteopaths can help relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve jaw function, and promote healing.

Q: How many osteopathic sessions are usually required for TMJ and jaw pain treatment?

A: The number of osteopathic sessions required for TMJ and jaw pain treatment can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the individual’s response to treatment. Some individuals may experience relief after a few sessions, while others may require ongoing treatment over a longer period. The osteopath will assess your specific condition and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Q: Are there any side effects or risks associated with osteopathic treatment for TMJ and jaw pain?

A: Osteopathic treatment for TMJ and jaw pain is generally safe and well-tolerated. However, as with any manual therapy, some individuals may experience mild soreness or discomfort following treatment. These effects are typically temporary and resolve within a short period. It’s important to communicate any concerns or unusual symptoms with your osteopath during the treatment process.

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Q: Can lifestyle modifications help in managing TMJ and jaw pain?

A: Yes, lifestyle modifications can play a supportive role in managing TMJ and jaw pain. Some helpful modifications may include practicing stress management techniques, avoiding excessive jaw movements (such as chewing gum), practicing good posture, avoiding hard or chewy foods, and applying heat or cold packs to the affected area. Your osteopath can provide specific recommendations based on your condition and lifestyle.

Q: Can TMJ and jaw pain be completely cured with osteopathic treatment?

A: The effectiveness of osteopathic treatment for TMJ and jaw pain varies from person to person. While some individuals may experience significant relief and improvement, others may find that symptoms are better managed but not completely eliminated. Osteopathic treatment aims to reduce pain, improve function, and enhance overall well-being. It’s important to have realistic expectations and work closely with your osteopath to achieve the best possible outcome.

Q: Can children receive osteopathic treatment for TMJ and jaw pain?

A: Yes, children can receive osteopathic treatment for TMJ and jaw pain. Osteopathic techniques can be adapted to suit the age and condition of the child, providing gentle and effective relief. It’s important to consult with an experienced pediatric osteopath who specialises in treating children to ensure safe and appropriate care.

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Relieve Jaw Pain and Restore Harmony: Discover Effective TMJ Treatment at Key Osteopaths

Our dedicated team at Key Osteopaths is committed to providing exceptional care and support to individuals experiencing TMJ (temporomandibular joint) or jaw pain. With our specialised focus on TMJ treatment, we aim to address a range of concerns and promote optimal health and well-being in relation to the jaw area.

Recognising the unique needs of each patient, we take a comprehensive approach to TMJ treatment, tailoring our plans to address specific conditions and support overall recovery. Through gentle techniques such as targeted massage and adjustments, we strive to alleviate discomfort, improve jaw function, and enhance the body’s natural healing capabilities.

At Key Osteopaths, we understand that every individual’s experience with TMJ pain is unique, and our skilled professionals take the time to thoroughly assess your condition and listen to your concerns. We work closely with patients to develop personalised treatment plans that consider their medical history, lifestyle factors, and any specific symptoms or challenges they may be facing.

Our welcoming clinic provides a comfortable environment where you can feel at ease during each session. We are committed to empowering patients with knowledge and guidance on how to support their jaw health through at-home care strategies and lifestyle recommendations.

If you believe you could benefit from TMJ or jaw pain treatment, we invite you to contact Key Osteopaths today to schedule an initial consultation. Taking this important step can help you find relief from discomfort, promote a healthier jaw function, and set you on the path to a pain-free and balanced life.

Don’t let jaw pain hinder your well-being. Reach out to Key Osteopaths today and embark on a journey towards effective TMJ treatment, providing you with the best possible foundation for a pain-free future.