Jaw physiotherapy is an approach that focuses on the evaluation and treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. The jaw joint is not only complex, but did you know that it is one of the most used joints in the human body? The jaw is used when we speak, eat, yawn, we use it two to three thousand times a day!
Jaw alignment can be influenced by many factors, including head and neck position, muscle tension, occlusal disorders and even breathing! There are many causes of jaw problems such as posture, dental treatment, falls or accidents, bruxism (or teeth grinding) and many others.
The physiotherapist with an expertise in TMJ disorders evaluates, treats and relieves the tensions related to your problem in order to improve your condition and quality of life. They will suggest exercises and may also suggest changes in your habits (posture, breathing) to reduce your discomfort.
What happens during an appointment?
At your first appointment, the physiotherapist will do a complete assessment including a subjective evaluation (discussion), an objective evaluation (physical tests) and based on the panorex (x-ray) and the dentist’s referral (if applicable). At the end of the evaluation, the therapist can give you his opinion and establish a treatment plan with you. Chances are you will also be given exercises to do at home to speed up the healing process.
What to expect on your first appointment?Remember to bring your toothbrush if you want to brush your teeth before the appointment. Also, if you have a mouth guard, bring it with you!
Collaboration with your dentist, orthodontist, maxillofacial specialistThe physiotherapist can work with your dentist, orthodontist or maxillofacial specialist. A follow-up report can be sent following the evaluation to ensure that all your health care professionals are aware of the findings.
Interesting facts :
Did you know that there are two discs (or menisci) that make up the temporomandibular joints, one on each side?
Jaw disorders are very common after a car accident.
Did you know that breathing has a great influence on the rehabilitation of the jaw?
Maxime BesnerFounder & Physiotherapist
Aditi KapoorFounder & Physiotherapist
Gina Lo VascoPhysiotherapist
Maxime's reputation is well established when it comes to jaws, headaches, migraines, concussions and other neck, face and head disorders. An expert in the field, he teaches health professionals about jaw disorders and works with the majority of dentists in the west of Montreal. He is compassionate, treats his clients as a whole and does not hesitate to work with other professionals to optimize his clients' results.
Involved with sports teams since his graduation, Maxime has recently been working mainly with elite soccer players, the Quebec Freestyle Ski Team (moguls) and with local schools (Cité-des-Jeunes and the sport-études program at Chêne-Bleu).
Father of 3 children and self-described as a passionate, Maxime plays several instruments. Mainly mastering the guitar and the piano, he also plays percussion, ukulele and recently started playing the cello. Playing music is the best way for him to take a break and, as he says himself, “it helps stop the 8 hamsters running around in his head”. Camping and the outdoors are other hobbies that Maxime values as a way to take care of his mental health.
For his physical health, Maxime likes to ride his bike to work. He plays soccer, tennis, golf and also enjoys water sports such as kayaking and paddle boarding.
Ever since she was little, Angela has stayed grounded at home by baking up a storm (and enjoying the fruits of her labour!), as well as playing with her two cats. She also loves spending time with her friends trying out new restaurants, going to the beach and spending weekends at the cottage.
Angela is open-minded and always up for an adventure. Whether it’s white water rafting, canoe camping trips, water skiing or hopefully one day skydiving, she loves to try new experiences. Other activities she enjoys are soccer, volleyball, hiking, swimming, and downhill skiing.
Aditi has completed her levels 1, 2, and 3 in manual therapy with the Association Québécoise de Physiothérapie Manuelle Orthopédique (AQPMO). She is passionate about complicated shoulder cases, and has completed motor control training with Shirley Sahrmann and Jeremy Lewis. She continues to expand her knowledge through continuing education and learning from her colleagues.
To take care of her mental and physical health, Aditi has been doing hot yoga and improving her practice for over 7 years. In December 2019, she successfully turned her personal passion into a professional skill by completing a medical yoga therapy course.
Another activity that helps Aditi recharge her batteries is hiking! In September 2020, she and her boyfriend spent two weeks in the Gaspé and managed to hike 13 times for a total of 76.8 km! She finds it a great way to take a break from her mind, but also to challenge her body to another level!
Gina Lo Vasco
Gina enjoys treating a variety of injuries and so has taken a wide range of continuing education courses including McKenzie and Hamilton Hall courses for back pain, Jeremy Lewis and Shirley Sahrmann courses for shoulder conditions, reconditioning for athletes, and TMJ courses for jaw pain.
Gina has a passion for strength and conditioning and prides herself in keeping fit. She also loves being a “hockey mom” and cheering on her two children in their sport and leisure activities.