The Benefits Of TMJ/TMD Treatment
At SBST, we offer TMJ Release. You can find more information on the TMJ temporal mandibular joint – below. TMJ Release can help with a variety of conditions that may occur as a result of the displacement of the joint, which can cause jaw pain. Benefits of TMJ release include:
- decreased swelling
- reducing overall muscle tension
- promoting jaw flexibility and chewing strength
- relieving pressure in sinus cavity
- preventing continuous popping and pain behind ears
- increasing blood circulation and lymph flow
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Who can benefit from TMJ Release Treatment?
People that have had any kind of dental work or long procedures where their mouth had to remain open for long periods of time are the best candidates. But just about anyone with chronic head, jaw, or neck pain can benefit.
If you have any of these symptoms, TMJ release treatment may be help you:
- jaw pain
- muscle spasms around the TMJ
- clicking, tooth grinding, popping
- pain, headaches, neck and shoulder pain
- tooth aches
- ear pain without infection
- hearing changes
- sinus pain
- jaw clenching
- reduced range of motion in opening the jaw
- pain with or without opening the jaw
- difficulty biting or chewing
- poor posture, scoliosis or any type of posture distortion
How is TMJ Release treatment administered?
Patients are put on a comfortable massage table with warm packs around the jaw and behind neck/shoulders laying on their back slightly elevated. The rhythm is typically slow while focusing on a precise muscle group. At SBST, your certified therapist will normally stay outside your mouth releasing the soft tissue (muscles, lymph, tendons) very similar to a facial but with trigger point release techniques. In later stages, the therapist will add stretch techniques (known as passive/active stretch and Neuromuscular Re-Education) to the major muscle groups of the head/neck and jaw.
These treatments are very relaxing and not painful to receive. In the beginning stages of treatment, patients have stated that it felt similar to a facial massage or facial application with upper back and neck massage.
Understanding the TMJ and TMD
The TMJ — temporal mandibular joint is a synovial joint with a hinge-like shape not a pure hinge joint because it allows some gliding motion.
TMD — dysfunction of the temporal mandibular joint (jaw) is displacement of cartilage disk. TMJ syndrome refers to dysfunctions of the temporal mandibular joint capsule. TMD also includes other conditions involving the jaw structure and the muscular system such as occlusal interferences, muscular disorders, neurological disorders and biochemical imbalances. Other terms for this condition include myofascial pain and dysfunction, craniomandibular dysfunction, and masticatory muscle pain