TMJ Disorders

Myofunctional therapy, a non-invasive and holistic approach, has emerged as an effective solution for individuals suffering from Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders. At Southwest Myofunctional Therapy, we offer this innovative therapy to target the root causes of TMJ issues, such as muscle imbalances, bruxism, and stress-related tension, by retraining the muscles involved in jaw movement. Our myofunctional therapist in Albuquerque, NM, works with patients to strengthen and relax these muscles, promotes proper posture and breathing techniques, and addresses harmful oral habits. By doing so, myofunctional therapy offers pain relief, improved jaw function, and enhanced overall well-being, making it a promising alternative to surgical or pharmacological interventions for those seeking long-term relief from TMJ disorders.

Common Causes of TMJ Disorders 

  • Teeth grinding or clenching, often during sleep, can stress the TMJ tremendously. 
  • A malocclusion can contribute to TMJ issues, where the upper and lower teeth don't fit together properly. 
  • Overly tense jaw muscles, often due to stress or anxiety, can lead to TMJ pain. 
  • Inflammatory joint conditions like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can affect the TMJ. 

How Myofunctional Therapy Can Be Applied to Manage and Alleviate TMJ Disorders

Muscle Training 

Myofunctional therapists work with patients to strengthen and relax the muscles connected to the jaw, ensuring optimal functionality. Targeted exercises enhance muscle balance. 

Posture Improvement 

Correcting posture is vital in myofunctional therapy. Therapists teach patients to maintain proper head and neck posture, reducing strain on the TMJ. 

Breathing Strategies 

Proper breathing techniques are critical. Many individuals with TMJ disorders have dysfunctional breathing patterns that can worsen their condition. Myofunctional therapists help patients switch to nose breathing, minimizing additional strain on the jaw. 

Oral Habits 

Myofunctional therapy tackles harmful oral habits that exacerbate TMJ disorders, such as clenching, grinding, or nail-biting. Patients learn to break these habits, reducing discomfort and pain. 

Nutrition and Diet 

Myofunctional therapy offers dietary guidance, as certain foods and eating habits can worsen TMJ discomfort. Promoting proper nutrition and healthy chewing patterns is a key focus. 

The Benefits of Myofunctional Therapy for TMJ Disorders 

  • It provides a non-surgical and drug-free approach to managing TMJ issues. 
  • It addresses the symptoms and the root causes of TMJ disorders, such as muscle imbalances and harmful habits. 
  • Many patients experience reduced pain and improved jaw function due to myofunctional therapy. 
  • The therapy can alleviate associated symptoms like headaches, ear pain, and facial discomfort, leading to a better quality of life. 
  • Myofunctional therapy in Albuquerque, NM, aims to provide long-term relief and improve oral and facial health. 

TMJ disorders can significantly impact an individual's life, causing chronic pain and discomfort. Myofunctional therapy offers a promising solution that addresses the underlying causes of these issues. If you or someone you know is struggling with TMJ-related problems, contact Southwest Myofunctional Therapy at 4800 Juan Tabo Blvd NE STE D, Albuquerque, NM 87111 or call (505) 218-6565 to explore this non-invasive and effective treatment option.


4800 Juan Tabo Blvd NE STE D,
Albuquerque, NM 87111

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