A physical therapist can develop a program for you that includes learning and practicing techniques for regaining normal jaw movement.
The focus of physical therapy for temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) is relaxation, stretching, and releasing tight muscles and scar tissue. Physical therapy is an especially important part of recovery from TM joint surgery, as it helps minimize scar tissue formation and muscle tightness.
Physical therapy techniques may include:
Movement of the temporomandibular (TM) joint to release scar tissue that restricts muscle movement and to improve range of motion.
Ultrasound therapy, which uses high-frequency sound waves directed to the TM joint, to reduce pain and swelling and improve circulation.