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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