TMJ Treatments

Jaw Pain, Headaches, and Neck Tension

About TMJ Dysfunction

The jaw, also known as the temoporomandibular joint, is an important and highly-used joint of the body, not unlike your shoulder and hip.

Problems with the musculature or mobility of this joint is commonly related to jaw pain, headaches, ringing in the ear, and more.

TMJ Symptoms

  • Jaw Pain
  • Headaches and Earaches
  • Teeth Grinding and Clenching
  • Tinnitis and Hearing Changes
  • Lock-Jaw or Difficult Opening
  • Jaw Clicking and Popping
  • Abnormal Bite

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The TMJ is a bone-on-bone joint held in place by ligaments and controlled by muscles and nerves, as are all other joints. This results in the region becoming subject to the same types of injuries and stress-related pain conditions as elsewhere in the body.

Headaches and neck pain, amongst other conditions, are common alongside TMJ dysfunction, which we can understand once knowing our jaw anatomy. For instance, the muscles that lie at your temples (commonly self-massaged when headaches occur), acts to close the mouth while the group of muscles directly at the front of your neck help to open it.

Our clinic offers practitioners with a proficiency in treating TMJ conditions for both acute pain as well as long-term relief.

Please note, if your symptoms are presenting true dental or hearing concerns, we recommend seeking advice from a professional in those fields alongside our services.

Our TMJ Practitioners

Jon CAT(C) Certified Athletic Therapist

Jon is a Victoria-local who finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy at Camosun College in 2014. He also previously completed a Diploma in Exercise and Wellness and holds certifications as a Certified Athletic Therapist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Additionally, Jon is currently the sitting Vice President for the Athletic Therapists Association of British Columbia as well as an instructor at Victoria's Pacific Rim College. Personally, he is an avid indoor rock climber and trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Jon has been involved with numerous sports and fitness settings as both medical personnel and coach. With a background in long-distance running, he spent 9 years coaching other runners at the youth level where he developed his skill in then being able to coach and motivate his clients through their rehab. Jon has also had a great deal of focus with providing care for athletes in lacrosse, martial arts, rock climbing, and body building. However, Jon retains a passion for working with non-athletic populations as well, especially in regards to returning movement and quality of life to chronic pain clients. Areas of interest that he likes to treat with clients include persistent neck, lower back, and TMJ (jaw) pain.

Jon’s philosophy is that any individual has the ability to attain optimal health through education and guided exercise. He sees the inherent ability in every individual to move naturally and healthily and has confidence that every human body can regain the ability to function without pain.

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Rory Knapp-Fisher, RAc. Registered Acupuncturist

Rory Knapp-Fisher is a Registered Acupuncturist with a special focus on myofascial pain, injuries, and human movement optimization. He uses a unique anatomy-informed approach of acupuncture, bodywork techniques and rehabilatory exercises to resolve his clients’ pain and enable them to thrive in their bodies.

In addition to practicing acupuncture, Rory is also a long standing faculty member at Pacific Rim College where he teaches orthopedics acupuncture techniques and theory.

Rory has been an active student of martial arts and human movement for over 20 years.

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