Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
Prashant Verma

By - Prashant Verma
Functional Manual Therapist at VARDĀN
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jawbone to the skull. It can lead to a range of symptoms such as jaw pain, difficulty chewing, headaches, and limited jaw movement. While TMD can be caused by various factors, functional manual therapy has emerged as an effective approach in managing and alleviating the symptoms of this condition. In this article, we will explore how functional manual therapy® helps individuals suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction.
Understanding Functional Manual Therapy®
Functional manual therapy® is a hands-on, holistic approach to physical therapy that focuses on evaluating and treating the underlying causes of dysfunction in the body. Unlike traditional therapies that may solely target the symptoms, functional manual therapy aims to restore proper movement and alignment, enhancing overall function and reducing pain. This approach involves skilled assessment, soft tissue mobilization, joint manipulation, and individualized exercises to address the root causes of the patient's condition.
Benefits of Functional Manual Therapy® for TMD
Individualized Treatment Plans
One of the significant advantages of functional manual therapy is the personalized treatment plans it offers. Each patient's TMD may have unique contributing factors, such as muscle imbalances, joint restrictions, or postural issues. Functional manual therapy® allows therapists to assess these individual factors and design specific treatment protocols tailored to the patient's needs.
Addressing Muscular Imbalances
In many cases of TMD, muscle imbalances around the jaw, neck, and shoulders can exacerbate the condition. Functional manual therapy® can help identify these imbalances and employ soft tissue techniques to release tension and improve muscle function. By restoring muscle balance, patients experience reduced jaw pain and improved jaw mobility.
Joint Mobilization
Functional manual therapists are trained to perform precise joint mobilization techniques to relieve restrictions and improve the movement of the temporomandibular joint. Gentle and targeted manipulations can help realign the joint, reduce inflammation, and alleviate pain, leading to better jaw function.
Improved Posture and Body Mechanics
Poor posture and improper body mechanics can contribute to TMD symptoms. Functional manual therapy addresses these issues by educating patients about better posture and movement patterns. Therapists guide patients through exercises to enhance overall body awareness, which can reduce strain on the jaw joint and improve TMD symptoms.
Stress Reduction
Stress and anxiety can intensify TMD symptoms, as individuals tend to clench their jaw or grind their teeth during periods of heightened stress. Functional manual therapy includes relaxation techniques that promote stress reduction, ultimately lessening the impact of stress on the jaw joint.

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction can significantly impact an individual's quality of life, leading to pain and limitations in daily activities. Functional manual therapy offers a comprehensive and patient-centered approach to managing TMD. By addressing the root causes of dysfunction, functional manual therapists can effectively alleviate pain, restore jaw function, and improve the overall well-being of those suffering from TMD. If you are experiencing symptoms of TMD, consulting with a qualified functional manual therapist at VARDĀN may provide the relief and improvement in function you seek.
Our Client Speak

“I am very grateful to VARDĀN the treatments have been very well designed and has been showing great results. I really thank Dr Prashant for the careful diagnosis and treatment. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for all the patience and answering all my questions. Dr Prashant expertise and skill has been helping me tremendously. I would also like to thank and extend my heartfelt appreciation for Ajay. He is always relentlessly trying to get the appointments as I keep requesting him to get me two sessions back-to-back. He is always successful in getting the desired result. I am so grateful for all the hard work and dedication."

- Tulika Chaudhry

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