TMJ – Intra Oral Work | TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint) disorder
TMJ disorder is a debilitating condition causing intense pain and discomfort in the jaw, head, ear and neck. The British Dental Health Foundation estimates that 1 in 4 people suffer with TMJ-we believe this figure to be far greater, as TMJ is often overlooked. Pain and dysfunction are the main concerns when a client presents with TMJ. The problem can stem from an over-use of the muscles and surrounding tissues, which then leads to a physical problem with the disc of the TMJ itself. Using a unique TMJ protocol (developed by Tracey Keirnan, Advanced massage therapist and dental nurse) of advanced clinical massage work, trigger point therapy and cranio sacral therapy, a significant reduction in pain and improved function can be achieved.
Symptoms can include:
Trismus (difficulty opening mouth) Malocclusion (upper & lower teeth misalignment) Stiffness / locked jaw Headaches / migraine Earache / tinnitus Sensitive teeth Deep jaw pain Unevenly worn teeth Bruxism (teeth grinding) Pain / difficulty chewing Twitching of facial muscles …the list goes on!
Some common causes:
- Trauma / injury to head and neck i.e. whiplash
- Extensive dental work
- Chronic illness i.e. fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Sleep disorders
- Chewing gum
- Chronic clenching of teeth
- Poor alignment of teeth / bite