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TMJ Rehab

At Greendale Physical Therapy, LLC, we specialize in providing services to individuals with TMJ dysfunction. Our TMJ rehabilitation is designed to help those with TMJ dysfunction decrease pain, improve their jaw’s range of motion, strength, and flexibility. TMJ is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. The temporomandibular joint is responsible for a wide range of movements, including opening and closing the mouth, chewing, and speaking.

TMJ dysfunction can be caused by a variety of factors, including arthritis, trauma, injury, and overuse. The symptoms of TMJ dysfunction include headaches, ear pain, difficulty chewing and speaking, and clicking or popping sounds when opening and closing the mouth.

How it works

The TMJ Rehab program is designed to meet patients where they are and address unique concerns depending on their severity of TMJ. During each session, participants complete a series of exercises that are designed to improve function and decrease pain around the temporomandibular joint. Therapy may also include soft tissue work to the jaw and neck. Sometimes internal TMJ mobilizations are used. We also make use of modalities, postural recommendations, and work with your dentist when appropriate. The exercises are performed at a low to moderate intensity, and participants are encouraged to progress to a higher intensity as they progress through the program.

Who it’s for

The TMJ Rehab program is appropriate for anyone with TMJ dysfunction who is able to safely participate in a low to moderate intensity exercise program. Because of the intensity of the program, individuals with severe limits in strength or mobility would not be appropriate candidates for the TMJ Rehab.

What to expect

The TMJ rehabilitation is a challenging but rewarding experience. Participants can expect to work hard and feel a sense of accomplishment after completing each session. The rehabilitation is designed to be progressive, so participants can expect to increase their intensity and difficulty as they progress through the sessions.

Benefits of TMJ Rehab

Some of the benefits that participants have reported include:

  • Improved range of motion in the jaw
  • Decreased or eliminated clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint
  • Decreased pain associated with TMJ dysfunction

If you are interested in learning more about our TMJ rehabiliation, please call us to schedule an appointment.

Greendale Physical Therapy, LLC provides individually designed treatment tailored for each client’s unique needs. Our team is committed to helping our clients achieve their goals and improve their overall well being. Our goal is to enable our clients to regain function, control their pain, and improve their overall quality of life.

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280 Boston Turnpike
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

T: 508-753-7780
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120 Gold Star Boulevard
Worcester, MA 01545

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Clinton, MA 01510

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Marlborough, MA 01752

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766 Main Street Worcester,
MA 01610

T: 508-459-5000
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Physical Therapist Assistants

Kim Barrow

MS, BS, PTA, Aquatics Director

Southern Connecticut State University, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Exercise Science
MassBay Community College, Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

Areas of Clinical Interest
lower back pain and disk conditions, aquatics, chronic pain, post surgical rehab, balance issues

Certifications + Trainings
Certified ACE Personal Trainer, Craniosacral Level I, Graston Technique Levels I & II.

Trained in Burdenko Method, Aquatic Therapy Rehab Institute (ATRI), Kinesiotaping, Biosynchronistics, Maitland Technique, Mulligan Concept, Functional Movement Assessment (FMA), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Muscle Energy Techniques of the Spine and Extremities

Ross Beaudette

BA, PTA, CSCS, Worcester Clinic Manager, Center Coordinator of Clinical Education (CCCE)

Worcester State University, Bachelor of Education
New England Institute of Technology,  Associates Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant 

Areas of Clinical Interest
sports rehab, injury prevention, ergonomics, post-surgical, footwear assessment and prescription

Certifications + Trainings
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluation certification, Matheson work hardening certification, ACE personal trainer, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Active Release Technique (ART), Mulligan technique, McKenzie Technique, myofascial release, Muscle Energy Techniques of the Spine and Extremities

Nicolette Bender


University of Massachusetts, Bachelor of Exercise Science
Becker College, Associates Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant 

Areas of Clinical Interest
Rehab Pilates, pre and post natal, postural re-patterning, injury prevention, stability training

Certifications + Trainings
STOTT PILATES, NSCA-CPT, TRX, Biosynchronistics, Core Integration, Craniosacral therapy (CST Level 1 & cervical spine), Total Barre, CORE Athletic Conditioning, Diaphragm Release Techniques, Myofascial Release Therapy, Mulligan Techniques for the Extremities, Muscle Energy Techniques for the Spine and Extremities. ISP (injury and special population) focus that includes pre and post natal, scoliosis programming, & breast cancer rehabilitation. 

Alexandra "Allie" Hagan


Salem State University, Bachelor of Athletic Training
Bay State College, Associates Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant 



John Hannon


New England Institute of Technology, Associates Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant 

Areas of Clinical Interest
Back pain, footwear/gait assessment, balance/fall prevention, total joint replacement, workplace ergonomics/postural re-ed, injury prevention, aquatics

Certifications + Trainings
Summit certification in evidence-based assessment and treatment for TMJ, Blood Flow Restriction Training, cervical spine dysfunction, and headaches/post concussion


Katharine Osborne


Mount Wachusett Community College, Associates Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant

Areas of Clinical Interest
Manual therapy, myofascial release, lower back pain, shoulder and knee injuries, neck pain, kinesiology, trigger point therapy, patient education

Certifications + Trainings
Graston Technique M1-Basic Training