Physical Therapy and Dentistry
Physical therapy in collaboration with Dentistry 50/50 provides a successful approach and longer lasting treatment for TMD. First there has to be more education and hands-on courses to allow dentists and physiotherapist to feel more confident treating it.
A correlation between class II occlusion (overbite), worn or chipped teeth, noisy joints, forward head posture, & anxiety provides further evidence that the team approach is essential.
TMD is not age related. Joint problems can begin early in life (especially if speech issues).The symptoms may be misdiagnosed and misunderstood even into the adult years. Depending how it progresses patients can cost health service millions of dollars visiting numerous specialists.
Temporomandibular Disorder – TMD (also known as TMJ dysfunction) causes click in one or both TMJoints. This is NOT normal, neither would a noise in your car be normal! Facial pain, increased tone in muscles of mastication, neck and hip. This can lead to poor swallowing & posture while body tries to counter effects of gravity.
Referred pain from muscles of mastication can mimic a tooth problem!
The proper orientation of four planes: the vertical plane, the bipupilar line (nose), the plane of otic system and occlusal plane are necessary for case success. Treatment involves the proper body mechanics, overcoming parafunctional oral habits, and instruction to restore mobility of the spine.
As a physiotherapist Cathy is both skilled and thorough. I would certainly recommend her to anyone needing care. She is extremely competent and caring – you get a few laughs too.