Many people don't think about doing rehabilitation for their mouth after wisdom tooth/teeth extraction (or any other dental procedures other than regular cleaning). When teeth are extracted or implanted, there is trauma to the mouth, gums and jaw.
The jaw and mouth/airway are critical structures to the brain. Having scar tissue in these areas can cause issues far away from the mouth. Anywhere in the body is fair game for the brain to do work-arounds with muscle use.
I often find that oral surgery or trauma is linked to other pain issues. Addressing scar tissue in the mouth and jaw area often helps people with TMD (jaw pain), headaches, neck pain, and so much more!
Also, there are neurological connections between the jaw and the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor musculature mimics the jaw. If the jaw is tight, the pelvic floor muscles will be tighter, and vice versa.
Doing scar work and fascial work in the mouth followed by local and global movement can be a game changer. This, along with tongue mobility, are good things to address during a physical therapy evaluation. To learn more or ask Dr. Jennifer Melancon, PT, DPT any questions, feel free to request a complimentary 15 minute phone call here.