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Blogs and Articles — TMJ

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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