The Causes of TMJ Dysfunction and Orofacial Pain
Where do I start? There are as many causes as there are things that can go wrong with the human body. Stress, emotional issues, trauma, postural issues, sleep position, clenching and grinding teeth, dental work. This is what makes it difficult for many to treat TMJ dysfunction.
One of my clients developed TMJD after a hysterectomy. She had trouble breathing with her diaphragm which led to her breathing with her chest. This causes the neck muscles to pull her rib cage up, putting stress on her neck and jaw muscles. See how it can snowball?
Treatment options for TMJD are many, but quite often people are told,
"You’re just going to have to live with it..."
Not very comforting, but many healthcare practitioners aren't very well equipped to deal with a catch-all diagnosis like TMJ dysfunction.
There are a number of options for treating TMJD and orofacial pain: Everything from the previously mentioned approach, to mouth guards, surgery, and pain medication. My clients have found these methods relatively ineffective over the long term.
My gentle approach to muscle tissue manipulation, along with self-care techniques I can show you, has worked very well for me and my clients and believe will work for you as well.
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