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TMJ Dysfunction CranioSacral Treatment

Woman suffering from TMJ pain. There are many contributing factors to TMJ, but at the end of the day, the primary cause is stress.
TMJ is going to manifest whenever you have an emotional, psychological or physiological situation that is challenging.  It’s like an alarm going off, and any number of things can cause the alarm system to go off.

Dr. John Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., names the following five causes for TMJ. They include:

  1. Craniosacral system dysfunction –This system consists of the skull bones that protect the brain (cranium), and the sacrum, which is the main foundation bone at the base of the spine. Many of these bones are associated with mastication and can be culprits, but typically, it is the temporal bones that are easily pulled out of alignment by attached muscles and tendons that have abnormal strain or tension on them.
  2. Stress – whether physiological, psychoemotional or environmental – all tend to cause clenching and increased pressure on the temporomandibular joint.
  3. Neurological responses – clenching and grinding as a result of anger, fear, aggression, ongoing pain, post-traumatic stress, etc.
  4. Degenerative diseases – such as autoimmune, arthritis, and inflammatory conditions that adversely affect the temporomandibular joint
  5. Dental issues – teeth and jaw alignment

What is TMJ Dysfunction CranioSacral Therapy?

This particular treatment focuses on reducing the restriction of the jaw along with reducing the pain, pressure and discomfort usually associated with this condition. Part of the treatment involves internal mouth and palette work. Your therapist is aware that you may experience some discomfort during the treatment and will be communicating with you throughout your entire session.

What are some symptoms of TMJ?

Below is a list of TMJ symptoms:

  • Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders
  • Limited ability to open or widen the mouth
  • Jaws that get “stuck” or “lock” in the open- or closed-mouth position
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite
  • Swelling on the side of the face

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