Physical Therapy for Jaw Pain & TMJ

Jaw Pain & TMJ Disorders

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders are a group of debilitating conditions that cause pain and “clicking” in the jaw. TMJ symptoms and jaw pain can make it difficult to eat, yawn, or even speak in severe cases. Working with a Physical Therapist that has been trained to treat jaw pain and TMJ pain, like those at Health Loft in Chicago, makes it possible to improve temporomandibular joint dysfunction and provide TMJ pain relief.

Jaw Pain & TMJ Pain Relief with Health Loft Physical Therapy

Health Loft Physical Therapists take the time to get to know you and create a personalized plan to provide jaw pain relief. Before beginning treatment, your PT will seek to understand how your symptoms began – common sources include poor posture, stress, biting or chewing on hard objects, or an injury to the jaw.

Your doctor will then examine factors that are commonly involved in causing jaw pain such as the mobility and strength of your jaw, neck, and shoulders, as well as your posture in various positions. Simply treating your jaw would not provide you with lasting pain relief, so your therapist will take all of these areas into account when creating a customized treatment plan to achieve pain relief from your jaw condition.

Treat TMJ Pain

Our team of knowledgeable Physical Therapists knows that finding relief from jaw pain requires a multifaceted approach. We use strength, mobility, posture, overall health and education to help you have less pain and more freedom.

Physical Therapy Treatments we offer:


  • Kiniesio Tape
  • Rock Tape
  • Athletic Tape

Specialty Services

  • Blood Flow Restriction Training
  • Dry Needling

Manual Therapy

  • Strain/Counterstrain
  • Myofascial Release (MFR)
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM)
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Graston
  • Asytm Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue
  • Mobilization
  • Active Release Techniques
  • Joint Mobilizations
  • HVLA manipulation

Postural Retraining

  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Work Place

Specialty Approaches

  • Maitland
  • IPA Approach
  • Mckenzie Approach


  • Nutrition Progression Training

Exercise Program 

  • Jaw Strength/Stretching Program
  • Digital Exercise Program

What you can do on your own to help your TMJ:

  • Switch to softer foods
  • Reduce your stress and anxiety
  • Improve your posture
  • Utilize heat or cold packs for pain relief
  • Avoid sleeping on your side

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For more specific advice, tips, and exercises, check out our Articles and Instagram page. To schedule an assessment of your Temporomandibular Joint(TMJ) pain or injury with one of our physical therapists in Chicago, IL you can call (312) 374 – 5399 or schedule an appointment online.