October 7, 2020

Jaw trauma and injury is common and often resolves with time and rest. Compared to injuries in other joints, it is almost impossible to completely rest the jaw, but you need to give the injured tissue time to cycle through the natural stages of the healing process. Just like it hurts to keep walking on a twisted ankle, it hurts to keep using a sprained jaw joint.

Instead of reaching for a crutch for your jaw, try these tips to give your jaw a chance to recover.​

DO

  • Keep your jaw in neutral posture: place tongue on roof of mouth, teeth apart, lips together and breathe through your nose
  • Maintain good neck posture: the jaw and neck are critically dependent on each other
  • Try both heat packs and cold packs
  • Trial both anti-inflammatories and analgesics (e.g. panadol). Do not exceed the guidelines on the packet and consult your GP if you are unsure whether it is right for you.
  • Avoid Stressful situations! Do whatever works for you to relax.
  • Cut food into small pieces to avoid opening your jaw past 20 mm
  • Try to chew evenly on both sides of your mouth (within reason)

DON’T

  • Eat hard and chewy foods, choose soft foods like pasta or fish. You don’t have to eat soup!
  • Tear food with your front teeth e.g crusty bread rolls
  • Chew gum, pens or ice, no biting nails

By modifying your lifestyle and eating habits in accordance with these 10 simple guidelines, you should be able to avoid the jaw movements that cause your pain to persist.

If your jaw is not getting better with these exercises, you may need to consult an experienced Craniofacial Physiotherapists at The Headache, Neck & Jaw Clinic who excel at expediting your recovery to have you pain free and eating all the good stuff again.

Covid-19 Update 😷

From the 17th December 2021 our clinics will require patients aged 16 years and older to present their vaccination status to admin staff upon arrival. Fully vaccinated patients will continue to be given treatment as normal. 

Unvaccinated patients will only be considered on a case-by-case basis. An unvaccinated patient is anyone that has not had the double dose of vaccination.  Management reserves the right to refuse treatment to unvaccinated patients. If treatment is granted additional measures will be required in order for you to receive treatment. This will include mask wearing in the first instance and may include the provision of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to the appointment. 

Please let us know in advance of your appointment if you are unvaccinated so we can confirm the measures required for you to attend.

We also encourage patients to limit their time in the clinic waiting room prior to their appointment, therefore if you arrive more than 10 minutes before your appointment, we ask you to wait outside the clinic (preferably in your car). This is to minimise contact time for patients and staff inside the clinic at all times.

These measures will continue to be reviewed as required. In the meantime, we are continuing with all other COVID safe measures and look forward to having you in the clinic to continue your treatment.