Painful and restricted jaw movements are actually quite common and they can be very frustrating! So can a 'clicky' jaw which annoys us when we chew our food, especially things like steak or crusty bread. Whether it is a stiff and painful jaw when we try and open our mouth wide or just a noisy jaw when we chew which annoys people who are eating with us, osteopathy can help.
What isn't well known is that our jaws and upper necks are functionally related. This means that when we open our jaw wide, our upper necks move too. The same thing happens when we bite down hard. The impact of this relationship is that if there is a problem with our upper neck, there is often a problem with our jaw too. This situation is often seen after a road traffic accident which causes whiplash in the neck. Lots of people who suffer whiplash also go on to experience jaw dysfunction such as pain and restrictions in movement.
Osteopathic treatment aimed at the joints of the upper neck and muscles around the area has been shown to have a very good affect on jaw problems. Pain and restrictions can be greatly improved by techniques such as soft tissue massage on the neck muscles and articulation of the neck. Patients are often very surprised and pleased at how well treatment on one area (the neck) can have such dramatic affects on another (the jaw). Stretches and exercises for the neck which can be done at home also help to keep the area mobile and prevent the jaw problems returning in the future.
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Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic
The Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic was established and is run by Sue Jennings, BSc (Hons), Osteopath. The Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic is situated on the ground floor of Lordswood Leisure Centre, North Dane Way, Chatham, with plenty of free parking and disabled access.
The clinic is open during the daytime on Monday to Friday, evening appointments available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings. Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic staff are all registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).