Treatment of TMJ Disorders

A spate of clients have presented suffering from Tempero-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder with chronically tight necks and jaws, grinding their teeth, and associated headaches. While medicos will say it is little understood, they are over thinking it...the tendancy for the affects of emotional stress to inexorably creep up and overwhelm us is the cause of the bulk of our health issues. Leg length differences, mild scoliosis, poor posture and lack of exercise accounts for much of the rest. Of course, it is a complex and unique joint and some will have sustained injury or degeneration in the joint. Lastly, there is a dental aspect to the condition where poor bite can be an issue.


The treatment I offer can take either of two approaches or a combo of each:


* The direct physical method of donning gloves and working directly on the TMJ, associated musculature, gums, head, neck and shoulders; 

* Alternatively, less direct means through Craniosacral Therapy;  and,

* Combined with general principles of assessment and treatment in the Remedial Massage framework. 


Concepts employed consist of:


* Releasing holding patterns/blockages at the diaphragm, shoulders and hips with light

Fascial Release techniques eliciting a neural response;

* Directed meditative breathing exercise to release jaw and face;

* Postural correction through Remedial Massage assessment and treatment to optimise Head Carriage including assessment and treatment for Short Right Leg Syndrome;

* Extensive upper back, neck and shoulder massage treatment generally, and focused face and head massage;

* Chinese Cupping and/or Gua Sha as required;

* Craniosacral Therapy on offer for those wishing to explore that avenue...I have heard first hand accounts that where all else failed, Craniosacral Therapy proved successful; and,

* Don sterile gloves and work into the gum lines and muscles inside the mouth and jaw.