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Bedford-Sackville Physiotherapy Clinic Inc.


The air has a refreshing crispness to it that tells us fall is here.  The children are back to school and most people are adapting to new schedules.  Hopefully everyone is able to find some time to take care of themselves by eating well, drinking your water and staying active!

The BEDFORD-SACKVILLE PHYSIOTHERAPY team is warming up our own sneakers in preparation for the Cobequid Walk/Run happening on October 14th!  A heart felt "THANK YOU" to all who have helped make our fundraising efforts a success!  There is still time to assist us in supporting our community health centre.  You can log on to to make on online donation for our team.

We are thrilled to announce that the Bedford-Sackville Physiotherapy’s team has won a Consumer’s Choice Award for Business Excellence in the category of Physical Therapy for a THIRD year in a row!

 Thank you for your ongoing support and please let us know how we can serve you better!

In the past month we have added over 100 new FAQ and Research articles to our patient education resource. We have also added the following patient guides:

1. Hip Surgery (Hemiarthroplasty)

2. Avascular Necrosis of the Hip.

3. Scoliosis

 Can you identify this building located on Sackville Drive in Lower Sackville pictured here? Be the 5th caller to call 865-5749 and win a gift certificate for a 45 minute

Congratulations to Wendy Miller who won our latest Basket to help us raise money for our Cobequid Walk/Run!

 Featured Article:  Dealing with Jaw Pain

If you are experiencing pain while biting or chewing, tenderness in your jaw, pain in and around your ears, or headaches, then you know what it feels like to have jaw pain. There are a number of factors that can cause jaw pain, making it hard to treat. Possible causes of jaw pain include: toothaches, infections, sinus problems, gum disease, teeth grinding, arthritis, or jaw problems related to injuries.

Many people also suffer from temporomandibular joint pain or TMJ pain, which refers to pain in the jaw joint specifically. This joint is made up of muscles, tendons, and bones, and injury to any of these structures can cause pain in the jaw. Symptoms of TMJ include: sore jaw muscles, ear pain, headaches, pain in the cheeks or temples, jaw clicking or popping, difficulty opening one’s mouth, and/or locking of the jaw.

To help you reduce jaw pain or TMJ pain so that you can regain your comfort and enjoy eating all your favorite foods, here are a few tips from your physiotherapist.

The following are tips that can help reduce jaw pain that is not related to TMJ problems:

Speak to your physician or pharmacist about taking over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or appling pain relieving gels that contain active ingredients like Benzocaine to the affected area. This form of treatment provides temporary relief and should not be used long term.

Place a hot, damp cloth on your jaw and keep it there until the cloth is no longer hot. Applying heat to the jaw helps relax the muscles by increasing blood flow to the affected area.

If your jaw has started to swell or is significantly swollen, apply cold packs to help numb jaw pain and reduce swelling.  Avoid stress factors that may cause you to grind your teeth or clench your jaw as this can damage joints and muscles in the jaw.

If you think you are suffering from TMJ-related pain you should contact a qualified professional in order to diagnose TMJ problems. If TMJ dysfunction is diagnosed early on, the following home-remedies can help improve your symptoms:
Take excessive pressure off of your jaw muscles and joints by eating soft foods and avoid chewing gum.

Try to avoid clenching, tensing, or grinding your teeth. Clenching is one of the most common causes of TMJ pain.

Relax your muscles by applying moist heat to your jaw twice a day for at least half an hour, or try gently massaging the muscles in your cheeks and temples.

If your TMJ pain is the result of an injury, ice packs can be applied to the area to reduce swelling.

For more tips on how to safely and effectively reduce your jaw pain, talk to the trained,  physiotherapists at Bedford-Sackville Physiotherapy Clinic Inc.. One of our physiotherapists would be happy to assess your current jaw pain and create a program tailored specifically to your needs and goals. Call Bedford-Sackville Physiotherapy Clinic Inc. to make an appointment or to ask any questions you may have.


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