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

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