TMJ Disorders (TMD)

Scotia Physiotherapy in Halifax, NS specializes in the treatment of disorders of the TMJ.

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is the term used to describe issues associated with jaw and facial muscle problems.  The term “TMJ” means tempero mandibular joint, and was the old term that we used to describe these problems.  However, having “TMJ” is really a silly term, as we all have two jaw joints!  Furthermore, TMJ suggests that all of the problem is coming from the joints, and we now know that problems can also result from the muscles, bad habits, tooth issues, etc.  “TMD” is a better, although broader description of the problem.

Michael Ritchie has studied extensively in this area, has lectured internationally, taken courses by world experts in the area.  He works closely with TMD experts and surgeons, and collaborates frequently in the care of patients who have complex head and neck pain.

Jennifer has a special interest in TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders), has studied management of TMJ disorders internationally and has given lectures for Dalhousie University School of Dentistry and continuing education for practicing dental professionals. She has spent time observing the practices of oral surgeons and TMD specialists. Jennifer regularly participates in mentorship on the topic of jaw pain and is up to date on treatment methods.

TMJ and Neck Clinic of Nova Scotia Referral pad