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DO YOU WANT RELIEF FROM TMJ/ TMJD PAIN? Discover Natural Relief for Your TMJ Pain!

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ALSO INSIDE • GET RELIEF FOR JAW, FACE AND EAR PAIN • HEALTHY RECIPE • PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT • RELIEVE NECK PAIN IN MINUTES

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NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR TMJ/TMJD PAIN

Help For TMJ Pain Your physical therapist will address the root cause of your pain such as poor jaw mobility, posture, weakness, and decreased neck mobility. At Willow Physical Therapy, we will teach you one major exercise that will immediately unload the pressure from your TMJ which will lead to pain relief. We will equip you with techniques on how to relax and strengthen weak facial muscles, restore balance, and improve mobility so you can get back to doing what you love. The goal is to make you better as quickly as possible. Our physical therapists will create a specific plan tailored to your particular case and timeline. Your participation is necessary for a good outcome. Clinical research shows that by following your specific treatment plan, you will get better faster, which translates to fewer visits, less costs, and more time to do what you love. At Willow Physical Therapy, we help you reach your goal.

• Clicking or popping of jaw when moving mouth • Locking of jaw • Pain with chewing food, talking, or general movement • Abnormal sensations and numbness of the jaw • Headaches • Limited jaw motion • Uncomfortable “off” bite • Deviation of the jaw to one side

Why Physical Therapy? • Physical Therapy can help to: • Relieve headache, jaw and neck pain • Decrease inflammation • Restore normal joint/muscular movements • Correct posture • Increase range of motion

Symptoms of TMJ • Pain or soreness in face, jaw, neck or around the ear

Are you letting pain hold you back? Call to schedule your appointment today! 907-456-5990

Get Relief For Jaw, Face And Ear Pain

Do you suffer from jaw pain, headaches, painful chewing, or clicking and popping in your jaw? These could all be signs and symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction or TMJD. The temporomandibular joint is essentially where your jaw meets your skull It is one of the most complex joints in the body and can be affected by the neck and head position, eating or chewing certain foods, habitual postures or positions, and direct trauma. It is also often associated with stress and poor sleep habits. Grinding the teeth or clenching the jaw during sleep are also common causes of TMJD and your dentist might be the first person to make you aware that you have this syndrome based on the wear pattern on your teeth. Other symptoms of TMJD may include neck pain, earache or pressure, aching or tingling around the ear, face, or jaw, or even pain in the teeth. What Causes TMJ Syndrome? Multiple factors contribute to muscle tightness and dysfunction that characterize this condition. Most often, poor posture and neck alignment change the pull of the muscles that make your jaw move. This causes painful grinding and irritation of the TMJ. Other causes may include:

• Poor alignment of or trauma to the teeth or jaw

• Arthritis or other inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders • Excessive gum chewing • Stress

developed to quickly relieve your pain and restore natural movement to your TMJ. Furthermore, our physical therapists will teach you techniques for regaining normal jaw movement for long-lasting results. The focus of physical therapy for TMJD is relaxation, gentle movement and releasing tight muscles. In most cases, physical therapy can resolve TMJD, and rarely is surgery needed.

• Teeth grinding • Poor posture

A lot can be done to help TMJ, first starting with a thorough evaluation of your problem with our expert physical therapists. Once the root cause of your problem has been discovered, a comprehensive plan can be

What Patient

Exercise Essentials Perform This Exercise To Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes!

CERVICAL RETRACTION Stand with your back against a wall. Position a rolled-up towel behind your neck. Tuck chin like you are nodding ‘yes’. Draw your chin closer to the back of your throat. Repeat 3 times.

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At Willow Physical Therapy we are only seeing patients if absolutely necessary. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we want to also encourage our patients to help prevent the spread of coronavirus by: YOUR HEALTH IN MIND!

• Decrease their pain • Increase their strength • Increase their activity level

• Increase their confidence • Improve their health • Get back to living

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Expiration Date: 7/28/20

ts Are Saying!

Healthy Recipe Immunity Boost

Lemon Garlic Chicken Soup

INGREDIENTS • 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 lb chicken breast

“I’ve learned exercises to both relax my jaw and strengthen approprate muscles. I no longer expreience pain in my right ear, and the stress in my jaw is improving. My Therapist was professional, knowledgable, and helpful.” “I no longer expreience pain in my right ear, and the stress in my jaw is improving.”

• 1 medium onion, diced • 3 large carrots, diced • 2 celery stalks diced • 3 cloves of garlic, diced • 1 medium lemon (zest & juice) • 1 handful fresh ginger • 2 qt chicken broth • 1 can coconut milk (optional) DIRECTIONS

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken breast and brown. Then, add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 5 min, until softened. Add 2 quarts of chicken broth and ginger with the skin on. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 35-45 minutes (the longer you boil ginger the stronger it is). Remove ginger and discard. Remove chicken, then shred and set aside. Add lemon zest and squeeze lemon to taste. Continue to simmer for 15 minutes. Add shredded chicken and (optional) 1 can of coconut milk.

- K. William

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