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Finding Relief for TMJ and TMD: How MyoActive Can Help You Reclaim Comfort

How MyoActive Can Help You Reclaim Comfort

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) can be an excruciating condition, causing discomfort and impacting various aspects of daily life. From jaw pain and headaches to limited jaw movement, the effects of TMD can be overwhelming. At MyoActive, our leading facility in Burwood East, we specialise in providing effective treatments to alleviate TMJ-related pain and restore your quality of life.

Understanding TMD and its Causes:

TMD refers to a range of conditions affecting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects the jawbone to the skull. Several factors can contribute to TMD, such as masticatory muscle dysfunction, displaced TMJ articular discs, bruxism (teeth grinding), and occlusal problems (bite misalignment). Other contributing factors include mandibular malalignment, wisdom teeth removal, prolonged mouth opening during dental procedures, poor cervical posture, myofascial pain, neuropsychological factors, stress, and less common causes like trauma, infection, polyarthritic conditions, tumors, and anatomical abnormalities.

 

The MyoActive Approach:

At MyoActive, we are dedicated to helping individuals suffering from TMJ and TMD find relief and regain control over their lives. Our team of experienced professionals understands the complexities of these conditions and customizes treatment plans to address the unique needs of each patient.

  1. Comprehensive Assessment: We begin with a thorough evaluation to identify the underlying causes and severity of your TMJ-related symptoms. By understanding your medical history, conducting physical examinations, and utilizing advanced diagnostic tools, we gain valuable insights to develop an effective treatment strategy.
  2. Personalized Treatment Plans: Our tailored treatment plans combine various modalities to address the specific factors contributing to your TMD. These may include myotherapy, physiotherapy, jaw exercises, relaxation techniques, and posture correction. By targeting the root causes of TMD, we aim to alleviate pain and improve jaw function.
  3. Advanced Therapeutic Techniques: MyoActive employs state-of-the-art therapeutic techniques designed to optimize the healing process. These may include manual therapy, trigger point release, myofascial release, dry needling, and corrective exercises. Our team stays abreast of the latest advancements in TMD treatment to provide you with the most effective care.
  4. Patient Education and Empowerment: We believe in empowering our patients with knowledge about their condition and self-care techniques. Through education and guidance, we equip you with the tools to manage your symptoms and prevent future recurrences. We also provide advice on lifestyle modifications, stress management, and ergonomics to support your overall well-being.
  5. Compassionate Support: MyoActive understands the impact TMD can have on your physical and emotional well-being. We strive to create a caring and supportive environment where you can openly express your concerns and receive compassionate care throughout your treatment journey.

 

If you are desperately seeking relief from TMJ and TMD, MyoActive in Burwood East is here to help. With our expertise, personalized treatment plans, and advanced therapeutic techniques, we are committed to assisting you in overcoming the challenges posed by TMD. Don’t let jaw pain and discomfort hold you back any longer – take the first step towards reclaiming comfort and contact MyoActive today.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Please consult with a healthcare professional for personalized diagnosis and treatment options.

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David Muehlenberg

Q&A with a Physiotherapist

Q&A with a Physiotherapist: Commonly Asked Questions

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, is a healthcare profession that aims to help individuals achieve their optimal level of movement and function. Physiotherapists use a combination of exercise, manual therapy, education, and advice to help individuals recover from injury, manage chronic conditions, and prevent future injury. Physiotherapy can be used to help with a wide range of conditions, including musculoskeletal conditions (such as back pain, neck pain, and arthritis), neurological conditions (such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease), and respiratory conditions (such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

How can physiotherapy help me?

Physiotherapy can help you in a variety of ways. It can help you to:

Recover from an injury or surgery
Manage chronic conditions
Reduce pain and stiffness
Improve your mobility, strength, and flexibility
Improve your balance and coordination
Help you to return to work or sport
Prevent future injury

What can I expect during a physiotherapy appointment?

During a physiotherapy appointment, your physiotherapist will start by taking a detailed history of your condition and any relevant medical information. They will then conduct a physical examination, which may include a range of tests and measurements to assess your movement, strength, and function. Based on the findings of the examination, your physiotherapist will develop a treatment plan specifically tailored to your needs. This may include a combination of exercises, manual therapy, education, and advice.

What kind of exercises will I be given?

The exercises that your physiotherapist will give you will depend on your specific condition and goals. They may include:

Stretches to improve flexibility
Strengthening exercises to improve muscle function
Aerobic exercises to improve cardiovascular fitness
Balance and coordination exercises to improve stability
Core stability exercises to improve posture and support the spine
How many physiotherapy sessions will I need?
The number of physiotherapy sessions you will need will depend on the nature and severity of your condition. Some conditions may resolve quickly with just a few sessions, while others may require more prolonged treatment. Your physiotherapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and goals. They will also monitor your progress and adjust the treatment plan as needed.

Can I do physiotherapy at home?

Yes, your physiotherapist will provide you with a home exercise program that is tailored to your specific needs. It’s important to do the exercises as directed and to communicate with your physiotherapist to track your progress.

Are there any risks associated with physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is generally a safe and effective form of treatment. However, as with any form of treatment, there are some risks associated with physiotherapy. These may include:

Soreness or stiffness following treatment
Bruising or swelling
Worsening of your condition
Injury caused by performing exercises incorrectly
It’s important to communicate with your physiotherapist about any concerns you have and to follow their advice and instructions.

Is physiotherapy covered by insurance?

The coverage for physiotherapy varies depending on the type of insurance you have. It’s important to check with your insurance provider to find out what is covered under your policy.

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In conclusion, Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that aims to help individuals achieve their optimal level of movement and function. Physiotherapists use a combination of exercise.

Book online to secure a physiotherapy appointment today.

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Training Loads and Injury Risk

Training Loads and Injury Risk – Finding the Sweet Spot

Regular participation in sport and exercise is one of the best things we can do to optimise our health and well-being. The benefits of regular physical activity are numerous and well-established. Some of these include: reduced risk of cardiovascular and metabolic health complications, improved weight management, improved mental health, and a shorter recovery and less severe outcomes if you become sick. This is not to mention the multitude of other social and psychological benefits associated with team sports and group exercise.


Around this time of year – where new year’s resolutions are being set and the summer sun is inviting us to soak in its splendour outdoors – people are starting to ramp up their exercise. Great! With more and more people beginning to increase their training, this time each year we start to see the same pattern pop up: people go too hard, overdo it, and get injured. So why do we reliably get injured when we exercise more, when our more athletic friends seem to get away with training year-round injury-free?

 

It’s all about Risk


Injuries happen. Look at any professional sporting team – even with the best doctors, physiotherapists, and allied health staff working around the clock to keep their athletes in top condition – you’ll see injuries popping up every single week. While we’ve made great strides in reducing rates of certain types of injury in sport using modern warm-up and strengthening protocols (such as the FIFA11+ protocol for professional football, or the KNEE program for netball), injuries are a part of life and something we will never get rid of completely.

 

Sport, exercise, and all forms of physical activity inherently come with a certain risk of injury. Though many sporting injuries are the result of physical contact, slips, and traumas, the majority of injuries we see are considered overuse injuries – something we’re a lot better at predicting and preventing. 

 

Training Load & Supercompensation

 

Overuse injuries occur when repetitive loading of a tissue, joint, or other structure within the body exceed the body’s ability to recover from the damage associated with that load. These include common conditions such as; patellofemoral pain, shin splints, bursitis, tendinopathies, and at the extreme end can include stress fractures and muscle tears.

High levels of training load results in minor damage to bones, joints, and muscles, which our body responds to by repairing that damage and making the tissue stronger and more durable for next time. This is usually called supercompensation. This process occurs with rest, and takes time. For muscles, we’re looking at days for this regeneration to occur, and for bones, joints, and other tissues, we’re looking at weeks. 

 

Simply put, training load can be thought of as the total amount of exercise performed multiplied by the difficulty of that exercise. In professional sporting contexts, this can be quantified a number of different ways, for example by calculating the total weight lifted in a workout, the total distance ran during competition, or the number of minutes spent exercising above a certain heart rate. A simple method of quantifying training load for recreational athletes involves rating a workout’s difficulty using the Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) – a simple scale of 1-10 where 1 feels like minimal exercise and 10 feels like maximal exercise.

 

So as we begin to ramp up our training loads in preparation for beach cricket or this year’s Christmas pudding, we run the risk of overloading our bodies without allowing adequate time for rest and recovery – eventually leading to injury. However, we know from the research that progressively overloading the body is a key variable in improving our our strength, fitness, and sports performance (that is, gradually increasing workout difficulty, duration, or intensity from week to week). So how do we achieve supercompensation and reach our fitness goals without increasing our risk of injury?


Optimal Training Loads and the Acute:Chronic Workload Ratio

 

When looking to significantly increase training loads, we need to consider the speed at which we begin to ramp things up. Multiple studies have been conducted looking at training loads and injury risk, and conclusions have always been fairly consistent. This chart from the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows the likelihood of injury in multiple Aussie sports represented using an acute:chronic workload ratio. Here, the acute workload represents the total training volume of the past week, and the chronic workload represents the average total weekly training volume of the previous 3-6 weeks.

 

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Gabbett TJ. The training—injury prevention paradox: should athletes be training smarter and harder? British Journal of Sports Medicine 2016;50:273-280. 


What this chart shows is that the timing of any changes to our training volume is incredibly important in predicting our risk of injury. As the author of the above study notes, there seems to be a ‘sweet spot’ where injury risk is lowest when acute:chronic workload ratios sit between 0.8-1.3. 

 

It should now come as no surprise that any significant increases to training load over a 3-6 week period drastically increase our risk of getting injured. This means that going from running 2-times a week to running 5-times a week without allowing your body the time to adapt to that volume is likely to end in pain or injury. In the same way, increasing from a 50kg to 100kg bench press over the course of 4 weeks also carries an increased risk of injury than increasing to, say, 70kgs.

What may be a more interesting finding is that any significant decrease in training load over the same period is also associated with an increased risk of injury. In much the same way that we lose strength and fitness after any significant time away from training, our bodies lose their capacity to handle load with significant periods of rest. A sudden decrease in training load is likely associated with a decrease in body strength and robustness, leading to a higher chance of injury when exercise is performed.

 

Practical Tips & Take Home Messages


Our bodies are strong and resilient, and can handle most of whatever we choose to throw at them. With that said, sudden increases or decreases in current exercise volumes can lead to an increased risk of injury. In order to enjoy your summer and reduce your chance of needing to see us, here are some general tips to avoid injury:

 

  • Establish an exercise routine and stick to it. This will avoid any sudden spikes in training load due to inconsistent training scheduling.
  • Avoid sudden spikes in training load – this includes sudden increases or decreases.
  • Slowly get stronger. Regular gym work and strength and conditioning has been shown to significantly reduce your likelihood of many common injuries, and will probably help your sport performance too!
  • Optimise your recovery. Ensuring that rest, nutrition, and stress levels are well managed is vital to recovery from exercise and creating a supercompensation response. This includes aiming for 7-9 hours of good quality sleep per night.


Unsure where to start? Speak to a professional!

Here at MyoActive, our team of Myotherapists, Physiotherapists, and Osteopaths are all trained in exercise prescription and modern injury prevention protocols. To find an available appointment, simply call 0422 580 035 or book online via https://myoactive.cliniko.com/bookings

By David – MyoActive Sports Physiotherapist

Physiotherapy Vermont South

What is physiotherapy?

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function throughout your life. This includes times when
patients are affected by injury, disability or when not functioning at optimal performance, whether during
sport or sitting at the desk for work.

More importantly as a profession, physiotherapy uses assessment, diagnosis to provide a comprehensive
treatment plan, that helps to not only treat the presenting injury or issue, but PREVENT the re-occurrence of
future disability or injury.

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA, 2022), state that physiotherapists “help improve quality of life,
to get the most out of life”. As first contact practitioners, similarly to Myotherapy & Osteopathy, you don’t
need a referral form the doctor to see a physiotherapists. However most often, physiotherapist work with
other allied health professionals and medical practitioners to achieve the greatest outcome for patients as a
team.

How physiotherapist treat?

Physiotherapists or “physio’s” use a wide range of modalities to help treat conditions. This includes;
– exercise programs to guide mobility, strength and stability – including pilates.
– mobilisation of joins to help aid with pain tolerance and stiffness
– soft tissue work including massage, dry needling.
– neurological muscle re-education and activation following neurological deficits.

As a degree qualified profession via the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), similar to
myotherapists and osteopaths, physiotherapist use the latest and reviewed evidence based practice to assess,
diagnose and treat issues. This keeps the latest and most relevant treatment techniques at the forefront of
physiotherapy at MyoActive.

what is physiotherapy?
what is physiotherapy?

Types of physiotherapists?

Physiotherapist treat a wide range of areas of health. This includes musculoskeletal and sports, pain science,
women’s & men’s pelvic health, occupational health and safety, hydrotherapy and aquatic, rehabilitation
pilates, neurological and cardiorespiratory.

This makes physiotherapists able to treat people from all age groups and for a wide range of conditions.
Physiotherapists may also be found in private practice, disability sector or the public health hospital space,
who all liaise together to ensure a return to function pre-injury, for example after surgery.

Physiotherapy at MyoActive?

At MyoActive, the physiotherapy team will always listen to the whole picture, gain a clear understanding of
your issues and use a range of hands on treatments and exercise programs tailored specifically to your needs.
Uniquely the gym space provided, with the latest equipment, provides an area for rehabilitative programs to
be completed, whilst gaining real time feedback from a physio, that can help improve range of motion,
stability, strength and control.

Physiotherapy will continue to always be about putting the patients’ needs and wants first in order to improve
their movement, function and therefore life. We tailor all our treatment plans to match your goals, of all
shapes and sizes.

Book and visit MyoActive today, to see Terry the physiotherapist today.