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Do you know why poor posture can affect the jaw?

November 09th, 2011

Anatomically in 1990’s a new idea about how the body systems inter react took medicine by storm and helped us all understand why TMD is related to many distant soft tissues in the body. Tom Myer’s wrote a book called “Anatomy Trains”. Muscles /fascia link, connect and transfer forces to shore up the body.

I spent hours as a student learning the anatomy of the many muscles, nerves and joints of the body. Sadly we ignored the fascial system which connects every organ in our bodies. This system is sometimes referred to as the “organ of form.” It supports and protects by wrapping each muscle and organ in its own fascial wrapping. These wrappings in turn form part of an inextricable web that connects as well as separates all functional units of the body down to each individual cell. It serves as container and restraining support for the whole body. In addition, this living and responsive matrix provides the vehicle for communication between cells and even links the inner network of each cell to the mechanical state of your body via proteins called integrins.

This web will also rearrange itself in response to an individual activity and injury. Stress going through a material stretches the bonds between the molecules creating a slight electric flow known as a piezo-(pressure) electric charge. This charge is read by nearby cells which respond by augmenting, reducing or changing the intercellular elements in the area to best accommodate the stress. This probably is one of reasons why we can be good at one level of fitness in a sport and struggle with another.

In healthy fascia the smooth coating permits neighbouring structures to slide over one another. However, following inflammatory illnesses, traumatic injury or continued strain due to patterns of movement (or non-movement as described above), layers adhere to one another in glue-like fashion. They no longer slide but instead cause adjacent structures to tug on one another. At the same time the muscles become undernourished and their function reduced as nutrients and chemical messengers struggle to make it to their intended cells.

This is why massage feels good and small ball release techniques combines with yoga. If a practitioner does not know about “Anatomy trains” it makes TMD tough to treat.

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