"Joint Stabilization & Pain Relief"
The Temporomandibular Joint is made up of bone, muscle, nerve and cartilage. Dysfunction in any one of these structures can contribute to a disorder in the joint. One of the most common causes of a TM Disorder is neuro-muscular dysfunction, where the various muscles connected to the neck, face and head spasm painfully. In more severe cases the muscles connected to the Articular disk may actually displace it out of position causing additional pain, clicking & popping sounds and locked jaw. These spasms are caused by multiple factors like mouth breathing, tongue tie, teeth grinding, clenching, a bad bite, physical or emotional trauma etc.
Role of Myofunctional Therapy in TMD
A temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a very common problem. TMD is often viewed as a repetitive orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD) that causes the eventual breakdown of the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. Most dentists treat neuromuscular TMJ cases only by applying splints and appliances without actually addressing its root cause. By not finding the cause one cannot make the treatment successful and the cure sustainable and long-lasting.
Multiple factors may cause a TMJ patient to incorrectly swallow & breathe
which results in muscular & TMJ.
Patients suffering from TMJ usually have fatigued & spasming facial muscles resulting from trauma, stress, clenching or the inability to find a proper bite, incorrect swallowing and breathing dysfunction. To enable you to chew and close your mouth properly, your jaw muscles may be working overtime to try and keep your head posture in balance. When these muscles become fatigued it can send pain down your neck and into your shoulders and back. The pain can even radiate down your arms in severe cases.
CHOOSING THE LEAST INVASIVE TREATMENT FIRST IS ALWAYS BEST.
Orofacial myofunctional therapy focuses strictly on treating the root cause, tries to fix it first and break that negative cycle. As this study from Brazil shows OMT has a significant reduction of pain sensitivity to palpations for all muscles and increased the mandibular mobility, range of motion and reduced frequency and severity of signs and symptoms of TMD. Myofunctional therapy may enhance a person's quality of life, especially if they are in pain from their jaw joint constantly working in dysfunction.
Oral Motor Rehabilitation
Oral Myofunctional Therapy is an exercise program used to establish nasal breathing, muscle strengthening, jaw and joint stabilisation and correct oral and forward neck posture. This is achieved by toning and repatterning the head, face, tongue and neck muscles. "Repatterning," involves re-creating strong pathways between the brain and these muscles. This is what makes it so successful. It also involves the use of a therapeutic approach to tone these muscles in order to achieve the above mentioned essential functions which should come to us naturally.
We do this by identifying compensations. When we focus on establishing correcting oral posture, this insinuates a lip seal and tongue to the palate at ALL times, unless they are in use. Creating a harmonious muscle balance is crucial to correct articular and muscular TMD.
Compensation is one way a person ends up getting TMD, but it also connects us to another cause like anxiety and stress. Someone who has experienced emotional imbalance may hold those feelings in their jaw in an effort to release the happy hormone called oxytocin. For these patients we also provide an emotional support.
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