TMJ Disorder (TMD)
TMJ (or temporomandibular joint) disorder is the term used to describe pain and tenderness around the TMJ or surrounding muscles. The TMJ is more commonly known as the jaw joint which is located just in front of the ear on each side of the face.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder is referred to as the "hidden imposter" because it mimics the symptoms of many other musculoskeletal problems.
Sometimes, imbalances in the TMJ region appear as pain and discomfort around the joint itself and in related muscles. In many cases, however, TMJ imbalances can lead to issues in other areas of the body, (skull, neck, spine or pelvis) being transferred to them via a tissue of the spinal cord known as the dura mater (the protective layer around your spinal cord).
In other cases, problems with this joint can put pressure on your cranial nerves (the nerves in your head) resulting in neurological problems. Misalignment of TMJ disturbs the trigeminal nerve and it can affect the rest of the nervous system.
In most cases, TMJ disorder can be effectively treated. A small number of clients will require additional dental / orthodontic work to help relieve the symptoms of TMJ disorder. In these cases, referral to an experienced TMJ orthodontist will be the only solution to the problem. In these cases the structure underlying the TMJ/cranial system is typically worn to such an extent that adjustment and stabilization techniques we use at Body Dynamic are unable to correct the situation.
" At first I was very skeptical about this therapy but I was amazed how much difference it made after just one visit."
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder.
If you have any of these symptoms you could possibly have a problem with your jaw joint (TMJ):
Call 07786 694243 to book a free assessment if you suffer from any of the above symptoms
Having undertaken innovative training with The O Lab (Dental practice and developmental team embracing a whole body approach to TMD ) we employ their techniques to influence the soft tissue contribution to TMD which in the majority of cases will manage symptoms.
At Body Dynamic we treat TMD using the following techniques:
- Trigger point therapy (with or without Dry Needling) of the muscles surrounding the TMJ, such as masseter, temporalis, and sternocleidomastoid is used to eliminate trigger points that perpetuate pain.
- Postural Correction techniques are used and home exercises are shown to you to practice on your own as the lower jawbone is an integral part of the head posture mechanism, the postural muscles are always involved in TMJ disorders.
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