Craniofacial Pain


Do you have headaches? Are they there when you wake up? Or are they worse at the end of the day? Do you have trouble focusing, performing your work tasks, or interacting with others due to pain? You do not have to continue to live with headaches. Headaches can be from the neck and head which can be altered and improved with physical therapy. Treatment focuses on improving mobility, education regarding sleeping/sitting/standing, foods, etc. Call today 352-376-6300 to find out how our Certified Craniofacial Therapist can help you feel better soon!

What is TMD?

Temporomandibular Disorder is a category of pain and symptoms that identify pain in the jaw. TMD is a broad category. Your individual symptoms can be evaluated and understood. Our Doctors of Physical Therapy are skilled in evaluating you and looking at your symptoms as a unit. Your posture, ergonomics, sleeping habits, and overall strength will be assessed as well as your jaw, head and neck, and shoulders as all of these areas are contributory. Our unique approach will give you specific treatments based on your diagnosis and evaluation findings such as manual therapy (both inside and outside your mouth as needed), cervical strengthening, shoulder strengthening, postural cuing, etc. Your exercises are not a set program but change as your needs and symptoms change to help you make the most of your treatment.

Posture and TMD

If you have jaw pain, posture is the #1 thing that you can improve to help yourself now. When your head is two inches forward of the sternum (breast bone), you place 3x the stresses through your neck and jaw. It is important to maintain good posture and have the strength and endurance to maintain that posture. Call today (352-376-6300) to address your postural issues and see how we can create a specific strength program for you to reduce your pain!

Sitting Posture at Work

When you are sitting at your desk, posture is paramount to reduce many areas of pain. An adjustable desk, tray for the keyboard, adjustable chair, and adjustable computer screen are very helpful in order for you to set up your area for the best possible position to reduce stress through the jaw and head/neck. The diagram to the left demonstrates a good alignment of how to assist yourself at your desk. Some larger corporations may have people to come help with your ergonomics, inquire at your job if you think that is a possibility. Call today (352-376-6300) and ask how we can help you set up your desk including a chair recommendation!

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