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Do You Have Temporomandibular Disorder?

TMD assessment might include the examination of

  • Musculoskeletal¬†systems, Craniomandibular and vertebral areas & posture
  • Motor reflex testing to find Primary Driver
  • Breathing rate, patterns as well as airway adequacy
  • Psycho-social aspects of pain

A comprehensive approach to TMD Treatment

  • Counselling and education¬†for activities of daily living. This can be as simple as finding comfortable sleeping postures.
  • Joint mobilization/manipulation
  • Soft tissue mobilization / myofascial release
  • Intraoral release techniques
  • Osteopathic techniques
  • Modalities as appropriate to decrease pain and inflammation
  • Breathing -Restoration of normal rate and pattern
  • Postural re-education ¬†aligned with proper resting position of the jaw and tongue
  • Prescription of an appropriate TMJ exercise plan to address: control of range of motion and imbalance in strength of paired mastication muscles
  • Stress reduction techniques:Sensorimotor psychotherapy & Emotional Freedom Therapy

Common Symptoms Associated with TMD

Ask Yourself…

  • Does your jaw joint make a popping, clicking or snapping sound when you move it?
  • Do you hear and/or feel a grating sound in your jaw joint on movement?
  • Is the joint tender to external pressure? This can be assessed by manually pressing the area in the front of the ear.
  • Do you clinch and/or grind your teeth at night or during the day?
  • Do you sometimes have difficulty opening or closing your mouth?
  • Does your jaw deviate to one side on opening?
  • If you have tinnitus (ringing in your ears), does the ringing sound change in any way as you open and close your mouth while applying external pressure to the joint?
  • Do you have frequent episodes of vertigo and/or nausea?
  • Do you have ear sensitivity and/or pain associated with sound?
  • Do you have recurring ear aches for which the doctor can find no apparent cause?
  • Do you have recurring migraine-like headaches that do not respond to migraine medicine and for which the doctor can find no cause?
  • Do you have facial pain?
  • Are your neck and shoulder muscles constantly tense and/or painful?
  • Do you have a recurrent knot in the muscles on the edge of your shoulder blades closest to the spine?
  • Do you feel chronically fatigued and/or depressed?