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Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders encompass a range of conditions affecting the jaw joint and muscles controlling jaw movement. These disorders can lead to pain, difficulty chewing, and other significant discomforts. MOOV Physiotherapy, a premier clinic in Ottawa, that focuses on diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders, employing advanced techniques and personalized care to alleviate pain and improve jaw function.

Understanding TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders can manifest through various symptoms, significantly impacting one's quality of life. Understanding these conditions is the first step towards effective treatment and relief.


Symptoms of TMJ Disorders:

  • Jaw pain or tenderness.
  • Difficulty in chewing or discomfort while chewing.
  • Aching pain in and around your ear.
  • Locking of the jaw joint, making it difficult to open or close the mouth.Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth.

Causes and Impact of TMJ Disorders

The exact cause of a TMJ disorder may be difficult to determine due to its multifactorial nature. Factors contributing to TMJ disorders include jaw injuries, arthritis, genetic predisposition, and habits such as grinding or clenching the teeth.

Impact on Daily Life

TMJ disorders can severely affect daily activities, making it challenging to eat, speak, and even sleep comfortably. The pain and discomfort can also lead to increased stress and a decrease in overall well-being.

Your Path to Relief at MOOV Physiotherapy

At MOOV Physiotherapy, we understand the complexities of TMJ disorders. Our approach to treatment is personalized, focusing on not just alleviating symptoms but addressing the root cause of your discomfort.

Comprehensive Assessment

Your treatment journey begins with a thorough assessment, including a detailed examination of your jaw and bite, a review of your medical history, and discussions about your symptoms and how they impact your life.

Personalized Treatment Plans

Based on your assessment, our team of experts will develop a customized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This plan may include a combination of physiotherapy, exercises, and education on habits to avoid or modify to prevent symptom exacerbation.


Specialized Physiotherapy for TMJ Disorders

Our physiotherapy treatments for TMJ disorders aim to reduce pain, improve jaw movement, and strengthen the muscles around the jaw. Our multidisciplinary approach ensures comprehensive care for our clients.


Techniques Include:

  • Manual Therapy: Gentle techniques to improve mobility in the jaw and reduce pain.
  • Exercise Therapy: Specific exercises designed to strengthen jaw muscles, improve flexibility, and enhance overall function.
  • Education and Self-Care Strategies: Guidance on managing symptoms at home, including dietary adjustments, stress management techniques, and exercises to maintain jaw health.

Dry Needling/IMS Therapy for TMJ Disorders

For individuals suffering from TMJ disorders that involve muscle tension and dysfunction, Dry Needling or Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) presents a promising treatment avenue. This technique is particularly beneficial for addressing the myofascial pain component often associated with TMJ disorders.


How Dry Needling Helps:

Relieves Muscle Tightness: Targeting trigger points in the jaw and facial muscles, dry needling can significantly reduce muscle spasms and tightness, common in TMJ disorders.

Improves Joint Mobility: By alleviating muscle tension around the temporomandibular joint, dry needling can enhance the joint's range of motion, making daily activities like chewing and speaking more comfortable.

Accelerates Recovery: Focusing on the specific areas of pain and tension, dry needling can expedite the healing process, allowing for quicker relief from TMJ disorder symptoms.

Telerehab: Convenient TMJ Disorder Management

Understanding the modern-day challenges of accessing in-person healthcare, MOOV Physiotherapy extends its Telerehab services to clients with TMJ disorders. This approach ensures that individuals can receive expert care without the need to physically visit the clinic, ideal for those with busy schedules or mobility issues.

Advantages of Telerehab for TMJ Disorders:

  • Expert Care Anywhere: Gain access to our specialized TMJ physiotherapy team from any location, ensuring you receive professional care.
  • Customized Rehabilitation Programs: Receive personalized exercise and treatment plans that are specifically designed to address your TMJ disorder, delivered directly to you via online platforms.
  • Ongoing Support: Benefit from regular virtual check-ins and treatment plan adjustments based on your recovery progress and feedback, ensuring a continuous and adaptive approach to your rehabilitation.

Why Choose MOOV Physiotherapy for TMJ Treatment?

Choosing MOOV Physiotherapy means selecting a clinic dedicated to your recovery and well-being. Our experienced team, state-of-the-art facilities, and holistic approach to treatment set us apart as a leading clinic that focuses on TMJ in Ottawa.

Our Promise:

  • A team of experienced physiotherapists with a focused practice in the assessment and treatment of TMJ disorders.
  • Personalized care plans focused on your unique needs and recovery goals.
  • A commitment to using the latest evidence-based techniques and treatments.


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If you're experiencing TMJ pain or other symptoms, don't wait to seek help. Contact MOOV Physiotherapy in Ottawa today to schedule your comprehensive assessment. Let us help you move towards a life free from TMJ discomfort.



TMJ Clinic Ottawa FAQs

  • What Is the First Step in Treating TMJ Disorders at Moov Physiotherapy?

    The first step in treating TMJ disorders at MOOV Physiotherapy involves a detailed evaluation of your condition. This includes understanding your symptoms, assessing jaw movement, and identifying any habits contributing to the disorder. Our goal is to create a comprehensive picture of your health to tailor a treatment plan that addresses your specific needs, focusing on long-term relief and jaw function improvement.

  • How Long Does It Typically Take to See Improvements in TMJ Symptoms?

    Improvement timelines can vary widely among clients, depending on the severity of the TMJ disorder and the individual's response to treatment. Generally, individuals may start to notice improvements within a few weeks of consistent treatment. However, achieving significant, long-lasting relief may take several months of dedicated therapy and adherence to self-care recommendations.

  • Can TMJ Disorders Be Cured Completely?

    While some TMJ disorders can be resolved completely, others may require ongoing management to keep symptoms at bay. The success of treatment often depends on a variety of factors, including the underlying cause of the disorder, the individual’s commitment to following the treatment plan, and the incorporation of recommended lifestyle changes. Our team at MOOV Physiotherapy is committed to providing you with the tools and support necessary for optimal management of your condition.

  • Are There Any Lifestyle Changes I Can Make?

    Yes, several lifestyle changes can significantly impact the management of TMJ disorders. These include practicing stress reduction techniques, avoiding excessive jaw movements (like gum chewing and yawning widely), eating softer foods to reduce jaw strain, and incorporating gentle jaw exercises to improve mobility and strength. Our therapists can guide you on specific changes tailored to your condition and lifestyle.

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What Can Physiotherapy Help With?

The registered Physiotherapists at MOOV have extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of various musculoskeletal injuries and chronic conditions including but not limited to:


  • Acute or Chronic Neck pain, Back pain or Pelvic pain
  • Injuries resulting from or without trauma
  • Tendinitis and tendinopathies
  • Sprains and Repetitive strain injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Advice on pain management and Joint pain relief
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation (ACL, post fracture, rotator cuff repair, shoulder dislocation repair, achilles repair, bunionectomy, total knee replacement, labral repair hip and shoulder, etc.)
  • Neurological conditions
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Pelvic floor dysfunctions

Does OHIP Ever Cover Physio?

OHIP does not cover physiotherapy services. However, some extended health care plans may provide coverage for physiotherapy services. It is important to check with your insurance provider to see what type of coverage you have.

No, you do not need a referral to see a Physiotherapist in Ontario. You can book an appointment directly with a Physiotherapist at MOOV.

Do I Need a Referral To See a Physiotherapist in Ontario?

What Is the Difference Between a Physical Therapist and a Physiotherapist?

A Physical Therapist and a Physiotherapist are both health care professionals who specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions. The main difference between the two is that a Physical Therapist is trained in the United States while a Physiotherapist is trained in Canada.

Is a Physiotherapist Better Than a Doctor?

A Physiotherapist is not necessarily better than a doctor, but they are specialized in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. A Physiotherapist can provide you with an individualized plan of care that is tailored to your specific needs.

At MOOV, we understand that your time is valuable and that you want to get back to doing the activities you love as soon as possible. That’s why we offer flexible appointment times and a wide range of treatment plans to ensure that you receive the best care possible.

Say goodbye to chronic pain! Our team of experienced Physiotherapists are dedicated to helping you reach your goals and enhancing your quality of life.

MOOV Physiotherapy


Monday: 7 AM–6 PM

Tuesday: 7 AM–6 PM

Wednesday: 7 AM–6 PM

Thursday: 7 AM–6 PM

Friday: 7 AM–3 PM

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed