What is Temporomandibular Joint Therapy?

Temporomandibular joint therapy, or TMJ therapy, is used to treat issues with the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull. When something goes wrong with those joints, it can cause severe jaw pain, facial pain, and a range of other issues. TMJ therapy can relieve the pain and solve the root cause by correcting joint dysfunctions.

How can Temporomandibular Joint Therapy help me?

Issues with the TMJ, also known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD), can make it painful to eat, talk, or even just open or close your mouth. If it gets bad enough, it can cause pain when at rest, and make it feel strange to close your mouth as your upper and lower teeth become misaligned.

TMD can also cause a range of other symptoms you may not expect. So getting your jaw issues treated with TMJ therapy can help in many ways.

Some of the issues TMJ therapy can help include:  

  • Chronic pain in the jaw and face
  • Pain around the ears
  • Pain that stretches below the jaw to the neck and shoulders
  • Difficulty opening or closing your jaw
  • Clicking sounds when moving your jaw
  • Frequent headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus (ringing in your ears)
  • Face swelling and bruising
  • Toothaches

How does Temporomandibular Joint Therapy work?

Our physiotherapists, chiropractors, and specialists will create a custom treatment plan for you. That starts with speaking to you about your issues. Then they’ll perform an exam that can include diagnostic imaging tools like x-ray, ultrasound, and MRI.

Once we have a clear picture of your particular issues, we can find the best treatment options for you.

Your TMJ therapy plan may include treatments such as:

  • Exercises for your jaw and neck
  • Massage
  • Manual stretches
  • Adjustments to correct your posture
  • Acupuncture
  • Heat/ice therapy
  • Relaxation and breathing techniques

When can I expect to see results?

The amount of time it takes to solve TMJ disorders varies because it depends on the severity of your condition. But when it comes to getting pain relief, physiotherapy and chiropractic usually provide rapid results.

One reason for that is there are no long wait times for procedures. Instead, you can start receiving TMJ therapy as soon as we decide on your treatment options. 

Cost and coverage

Like the majority of our services, our TMJ therapy is covered by extended health plans. So you may be covered through your workplace, auto, or disability insurance. If you’re not sure if you’re covered, get in touch and we can help you find out.

To make it easy, we provide direct billing to insurance companies, so you don’t have to deal with claims or wait to be reimbursed. And if you don’t have coverage, we can help. Our treatment plans are available at competitive rates!

Why choose Activa?

There are many reasons that Activa Clinics is the perfect place to get your TMJ therapy. The first is our care and compassion. We treat every patient as if they were a member of our family. 

Another advantage we offer is our personalized treatment plans. We know that no two patients are the same, so your treatment shouldn’t be either. So we’ll tailor your treatment to your unique issues, needs, and goals for your treatment.

We also have a large, multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers, so your custom treatment plan can involve a wide range of treatments.

Where can I find Temporomandibular Joint Therapy near me?

When you’re tired of living with TMJ pain, give us a call, schedule a consultation, or just drop in. We have seven conveniently located clinics in Southern Ontario serving communities including Toronto, Scarborough, Mississauga, Brampton, Kitchener, and Hamilton.


  • 1. How long does it take to heal TMJ?

    Typically, it takes several weeks to heal TMJ. Most people notice significant improvement two weeks after the jaw has been properly rested. If you need surgery the healing time can be far longer. Each case is different and there are several surgical options, including replacing the joint. If you need this kind of surgery you will usually have to take 4 to 8 weeks off work and wait for several months after that before your jaw is back to normal.

  • 2. What happens if TMJ is left untreated?

    Usually, if TMJ is left untreated the symptoms worsen. Your body enters a negative cycle. The muscles get tenser, which makes it harder for your jaw to move freely. This exacerbates the problem further leaving you with stiff and very painful muscles. The nerves in the area are overstimulated, so you feel the pain constantly. Plus, because you tend to hold your head stiffly, over time, other muscles and bones in the area start to be negatively affected.

  • 3. Can anxiety cause TMJ?

    Excessive anxiety can cause TMJ. However, the research into this issue is still at an early stage. What is known for sure is that many people subconsciously clench their jaw when they are anxious including while they sleep. If someone spends too long doing this, TMJ can develop. That is why breaking the cycle of anxiety will usually greatly improve a person´s symptoms. Although, usually additional TMJ treatments will also be needed to clear up the problem fully.