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Treating Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ / TMJD)

Posted by Judith Winer on

          TMJ Disorders - Anatomy Overview     It is estimated that 20–30% of the adult population will have TMJ problems at some point in their life TMJD disorder is sometimes called the ‘Great Impostor’ because of the multiplicity of symptoms. Pain, stiffness, clicking, clunking or popping sounds, and aching in the jaw muscles characterize this debilitating problem. Classically the headache is strongly felt in the region of the ear. Types of TMJD's Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJD's) are problems affecting the joint between the lower jaw and base of the skull. There are two temporomandibular joints (TMJ's), one each side of the...

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How To Find Trigger Points in the Masseter (Ear and Jaw Pain)

Posted by Julian Knight on

    How To Find Trigger Points - Masseter    ActiveTrigger Points in the Masseter Can Cause Ear, Tooth, and Jaw Pain The masseter is a powerful workhorse muscle that we use almost continually and can occasionally get overworked. Trigger points may form and become active in the masseter under the following conditions: Trismus (severely restricted jaw), TMJ pain, tension/stress headache, ear pain, ipsilateral tinnitus, dental pain, bruxism, sinusitis pain, puffiness under the eyes (often present in singers), Chewing gum, prolonged dental work, stress, emotional tension, head-forward occupational postures.   There are typically 1-4 groups of trigger points found in the masseter muscle...

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How to Stretch the Masseter Muscle

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

    Find a Trigger Point Therapist More Articles About TMJ/TMJD  Online TMJ Trigger Point Course See All Online Courses Education Membership Plans             This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Masseter

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

Treating Masseter Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner     Ischemic Compression Technique   Masseter trigger points are significant contributors to headaches A forward-head posture places the mandible in a position that puts the masseter under undue stress. Antagonist muscles, such as the geniohyoid, omohyoid, and digastric, can all become spastic as a result of overtraining of the abdominal muscles using poor technique. This in turn may inhibit the masseter, with resulting trigger point formation to provide stiffness or tension within the muscle. Changes in associated suboccipital muscles lead to changes in homeostasis of the head and face muscles. A...

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