TMJ Syndrome

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.

TMJ Syndrome TreatmentSymptoms 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

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