1. Why should I have an Exercise Class Assessment before starting exercise classes?
2. What does a Pregnancy Assessment involve?
3. What does a Post Natal Assessment involve?
4. How many sessions will I need?
5. What do your Birth/Labour Preparation sessions involve?
6. What is Mastitis?
7. What will the initial assessment involve?
8. What should I bring to my first appointment?
9. Can I claim classes through my health fund?
10. Did you know jaw pain can be treated with physiotherapy?
Jaw pain is referred to as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). This problem can be an isolated problem after an incident or trauma, or can have a more insidious onset secondary to behaviours such as jaw clenching or teeth grinding.
Some common signs and symptoms of TMD are:
Painful or restricted opening of the jaw joint
Locking (difficulty/inability to either open or close your jaw)
Painful biting or chewing
Clicking or popping during jaw movements
Localised tenderness or pain to the jaw joint
Our Physiotherapist Cherie Redfern, is specifically trained in the jaw joint. She is able to diagnose, treat and manage myofascial and joint restrictions associated with TMD. Cherie works collaboratively with dentists and dental surgeons to ensure optimal outcomes and a full recovery when possible.
Potential causes of TMD include:
Grinding (bruxism) or clenching your teeth
Stress/anxiety (can lead to clenching or grinding)
Jaw joint arthritis
Following dental work (such as tooth extraction, where the jaw is chocked open for
prolonged periods of time)
Trauma (dislocations/subluxations of the jaw joint, which can occur during sports or motor vehicle accidents)
Jaw pain often coincides with headaches or neck pain. Cherie can also assess and treat these potential interactions, providing much needed soft tissue massage, specific joint mobilisations, myofascial release and home exercise programs when indicated.