Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a common condition that affects the jaw joint and surrounding muscles, leading to pain, discomfort, and difficulty in jaw movement. While there are various treatment options available, trigger point therapy offers a natural and effective approach to alleviating TMJ pain. In this article, we will explore how trigger point therapy can help manage TMJ and provide relief from its symptoms.
We have worked alongside dentists, myofunctional therapists, cranial therapists and other healthcare professionals for years to help with jaw pain.
Our Comprehensive Approach:
We treat the jaw in combination with looking at the mechanisms that the jaw is linked to.
The jaw is not a separate entity that functions in isolation and so we look to the upper cervical spine, posture, breathing balance, core and even the pelvis to combine many different schools of thought we have learned over the years.
Many have cranial, occipital, and upper cervical imbalances that contribute to jaw pain. Our findings often reveal a head tilt, too much pressure on the upper cervical nerves and muscles that cause even more jaw pain.
As well, if you spine is tilted or bent in your lower back, compensations into your neck are inevitable that jaw pain can result from imbalances in the pelvic area!
Understanding TMJ and Trigger Points:
The Temporomandibular joint acts as a hinge, connecting the jawbone to the skull. TMJ disorder can result from various factors, including jaw misalignment, muscle tension, stress, or injury. When muscles become chronically tense or develop tight knots known as trigger points, they can contribute to TMJ pain and dysfunction.
Trigger Point Therapy and TMJ Relief:
Trigger point therapy involves applying targeted pressure to specific trigger points and at our office it is combined with gentle motion, specialized trigger points tools, and hands on work.
We have seen in office the following results with TMJ and TMD pain.
- Pain Relief: Trigger point therapy can significantly reduce TMJ pain by releasing tension and improving blood circulation to the affected muscles. Most importantly with our patented approach we are programming the nervous system to balance itself. The with combining Chiropractic to the jaw and gently moving the joint capsule we can get even better results.
- Improved Jaw Function: Trigger point therapy can enhance jaw movement and functionality by releasing muscle knots and reducing muscle imbalances. By addressing muscle tension and trigger points, this therapy helps restore proper alignment and range of motion in the jaw joint.
- Stress Reduction: Stress and anxiety can contribute to TMJ symptoms, as increased tension often leads to jaw clenching or grinding. Trigger point therapy not only eases muscle tension but also promotes relaxation, reducing stress levels and minimizing TMJ-related symptoms caused by stress-induced habits.
- A Nervous system balancing Natural Approach: Trigger point therapy is a non-invasive treatment option for TMJ, making it an attractive alternative to more invasive interventions. It focuses on stimulating the body’s natural healing mechanisms and can be used alongside other conservative treatments to provide holistic relief. When nerves fire differently, the parasympathetic and vagus nerve stimulation can create body wide health improvements.
If you’re experiencing TMJ pain and discomfort, trigger point therapy can offer a natural and effective approach to alleviate symptoms and improve jaw function. By targeting muscle tension and trigger points surrounding the TMJ, this therapy promotes relaxation, reduces pain, and enhances jaw mobility. However, it’s essential to consult a qualified healthcare professional, such as a chiropractor or physical therapist, who specializes in TMJ and trigger point therapy to receive proper assessment and treatment.
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When we combine this with upper neck balancing of the muscles and joints we have a complete plan to get your jaw feeling great.
Movement and Posture analysis: We will analyze your posture, breathing, neck and jaw biomechanics.
Review: We will go over with you what muscles have trigger points and dysfunction and what joints are dysfunctional.
Treatment: We never pitch detailed plans but instead let you choose the treatments you can manage and afford. The treatments will involve muscle and joint release as well as home stretching guides.
Communication: We will work with all practitioners you are currently seeing for your jaw pain.
If you would like to learn more about our approach follow this link: https://mountainmovementcenter.com/muscle-therapy/
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