At Apex Headache Clinic, Belfast, our physios are very experienced and specialised in treating people who are suffering from TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain or dysfunction or jaw problems as they’re more commonly called.

The temporomandibular joint (the TMJ) connects the jaw to your skull. If this joint becomes injured or starts to cause symptoms, the results can be miserable to suffer and in some cases, can ruin lives.

Causes of TMJ / jaw pain or dysfunction include- injury of the teeth or jaw, teeth grinding, poor posture, a neck or head injury, the result of excessively chewing gum and in some cases, there is no known trigger.

Problems with the jaw joint or pain in the jaw itself is very common, and can be very painful, frustrating and very restrictive for the sufferer. There are many symptoms that dysfunction of the TMJ or jaw can cause and we can successfully clear most of these including:


  • Pain in the jaw joint, the TMJ or jaw itself
  • Jaw clicking, grinding or popping
  • Restricted jaw movements such as opening your mouth
  • Headaches which may be triggered from jaw problems
  • Stiff or sore jaw muscles
  • Intermittent locking of the jaw joint

Whether you’re suffering from jaw pain, or a bothersome clicking of the jaw joint- which can be both painful or embarrassing when in company, or a restricted opening of your jaw- which can be bothersome when eating many foods, such as apples and burgers and /or painful also, or even temporary locking of the jaw joint- where you can’t open or close your mouth for a number of seconds, we can help and clear all of these problems in the vast majority of cases.

Here at Apex Headache Clinic, Belfast, we monitor our success rates with every patient that we see with TMJ/ jaw dysfunction as we pride ourselves in our very successful outcomes with our treatment regime.  We offer a unique regime of specialised manual physiotherapy treatment called The Nelson TMJ/ Jaw Approach™ which is not offered in any other clinics at this current time.  Our regime was developed by our Director of Physiotherapy, Rebecca Nelson, a Spinal & Headache, Migraine, Vertigo Physiotherapy Specialist from her experience of over 30 years of successfully treating TMJ/Jaw problems.  The Nelson TMJ/ Jaw Approach™ includes-  manual mobilisation techniques of the jaw itself or mobilisation of a stiffened segment/s in your upper neck region of your spine, which is very commonly involved and is intimately related to the TMJ/ jaw joint, or a combination of both of these techniques.

Contact Apex Headache Clinic for your initial assessment. There may be a drug free cure for your TMJ / Jaw dysfunction waiting for you…