Understanding Jaw Pain At Motion Health Centre

Healthy jaw function occurs when all the muscles, joints, and kinematic chain work in balance, alignment and coordination. Gain knowledge on common jaw pain problems and how the TMJ joint normally works.

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Shoulder pain can hit you for six, especially if you’re usually active, or play sports that require full range of motion of the arms. Motion Health Centre and our expert Sports Chiropractors and Trigenics Practitioners, have the experience and ability to offer quality treatment on this region of the body; in the Sydney CBD.

Our practitioners look at your body as a whole system. We holistically take in to account other possibilities that could be causing your shoulder issues. Knowledgeable Sports and Trigenics® Chiropractors at Motion Health Centre provide a complete approach to effective and long lasting shoulder pain relief, that focuses on the real causes of your pain, not just the symptoms.

What to Know About Jaw Pain and Dysfunction

If you have a stiff or sore jaw, pain or problem, learn more about signs, symptoms and shoulder pain causes and common shoulder injuries below. 

Be sure to find out how a healthy shoulder should function, what a complete exam should involve and how to get shoulder pain relief.  

Healthy Jaw Function

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Common Signs, Symptoms and Causes of Jaw Pain

Jaw pain can be caused by numerous factors, some of which include temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, teeth grinding or clenching, osteomyelitis, sinus issues, and toothache.

Motion Health Centre can offer effective solutions to this discomfort, especially through the expertise in chiropractic care. By focusing on the musculoskeletal system and especially the spine, the chiropractic adjustments at Motion Health Centre can enhance nerve function, correct misalignments, reduce tension and consequently, improve overall function. Thus, it can provide significant relief from jaw pain.

Signs Your Jaw is Unhealthy and Not Functioning at Its Best:

  • Constant or intermittent discomfort in the jaw area
  • Swelling on the side of the face
  • Bite misalignment
  • Difficulty swallowing or speaking
  • Headache or migraine

Symptoms of Jaw Pain

  • Tenderness in the area of the jaw joints
  • Jaw stiffness or difficulty opening or closing the mouth
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) or hearing loss
  • Altered sensation (numbness or tingling) in the jaw area or on the face
  • Tight or tired facial muscles

Causes of Jaw Pain

Jaw pain can arise from a variety of causes, ranging from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and teeth grinding or clenching, to issues such as osteomyelitis and sinus complications. These causes, including a toothache, can lead to discomfort and restriction in the jaw movement, which can extend to the face, neck or shoulders. In treating these issues, chiropractic care can play a central role. We at Motion Health Centre, focus on the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine. By providing chiropractic adjustments, they aim to correct misalignments and reduce tension, thereby improving nerve function and overall body function.

All you need to know about natural jaw pain relief and improved function at Motion Health Centre

Common Jaw Pain Conditions

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Functional jaw pain conditions refer to situations where the jaw's standard performance is significantly hindered, often marked by symptoms such as persistent or recurring pain, difficulty chewing or opening the mouth fully, and accompanied by abnormal clicking or popping sounds during jaw movement.


Acute jaw pain conditions typically involve a sudden onset of pain or discomfort in the jaw area. These conditions can stem from various causes, such as an injury, an infection, or the sudden clenching or grinding of teeth, and they often lead to immediate and severe symptoms.

Jaw Anatomy

Skeletal Anatomy of the Jaw

Anatomy of Maxilla and Mandible dental structure. 3d illustration

The jaw's skeletal anatomy, often referred to as the mandible or the maxilla, is a critical component in the functioning of the human body. The mandible, or lower jaw, constitutes the largest and strongest bone in the face, with a horseshoe-like shape. It houses the lower teeth and plays a crucial role in mouth opening and closure, thus facilitating mastication and articulation. The mandible articulates with the upper part of the skull (specifically the temporal bone) to form the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), which allow for various movements of the jaw bone including hinging and sliding actions.

On the other hand, the maxilla or upper jaw is a fused bone that assists in forming the roof of the mouth, the nasal cavity, and the orbits of the eyes. It is intricately connected with many other facial bones and houses the upper teeth. Unlike the mandible, the maxilla is immobile and provides a solid structure for the interaction of the mandible during mastication and speech. Together, the mandible and maxilla form the oral cavity, providing shape to the face, enabling communication and feeding, and housing the teeth in their sockets, demonstrating the complexity and importance of the jaw's skeletal anatomy.

Muscle Anatomy of Jaw

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  • Masseter Muscle
  • Temporalis Muscle
  • Medial and Lateral Pterygoid Muscles
  • Digastric Muscle
  • Mylohyoid Muscle

Chiropractic care primarily focuses on correcting misalignments and restoring optimal function to the jaw joint. By doing so, it can help to alleviate the discomfort associated with jaw pain. This may involve specific adjustments, muscle relaxation techniques, or exercises aimed at strengthening and improving the flexibility of the jaw muscles. Furthermore, chiropractors can provide education on maintaining good jaw posture, teeth alignment, and on mitigating factors such as stress or poor ergonomics that often contribute to jaw pain. Therefore, chiropractic care plays a fundamental role not only in treating jaw pain, but also preventing future recurrences by addressing the root causes and promoting overall oral health.

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Motion Health Centre's Jaw Pain Recovery Program

At Motion Health Centre, we take a "holistic" approach to the assessment and management of your jaw pain issues. Not only do we aim to free you from pain, we also help you enjoy health and motion to your fullest potential, with long-term results.

Benefits of our Program

  • Be free from jaw pain and experience a good night's sleep
  • Experience instant results often after the first treatment session
  • Restore normal jaw motion and muscle balance
  • Be able to eat and chew your favourite foods
  • Improve concentration at your workstation and computer
  • Get a head start back to better neck function and optimal posture

The Jaw Pain Recovery Program includes:

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    A comprehensive exam of your jaw, neck, muscle and nervous system function.
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    Detailed report illustrating the true causes of your jaw pain
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    Action plan with clear goals for fast relief, correction, prevention and lifestyle improvements
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    Co-management with your dentist should
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    Review your pillow and sleeping positions
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    Review your workstation and sitting position
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    Trigenics®Myo-neuro corrective Jaw muscle re-balancing
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    Safe and effective natural Sports Chiropractic Care for the neck and jaw
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    Advice for Natural anti-inflammatory and wellbeing solutions
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    A evidenced informed approach
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    Always a friendly, caring and convenient service

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