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Your Jaw function

Traumatic Occlusion / Bite problems / Headaches

Symptoms of Jaw Disfunction and grinding

Head headaches, sinus/migraine, forehead, temples, pressure in sinuses, face, aches, pain behind eyes, facial muscle spasm

Neck neck pain/stiffness, tired or sore muscles, muscle spasms, lack of mobility, shoulder and backache

Teeth clenching or grinding teeth, inconsistent tooth pain (relocates), pain when swallowing, speaking or chewing

Jaw popping, clicking and grating noises, tenderness or pain in the jaw joint, difficulty opening or closing mouth, jaw "locks" or "sticks", difficulty yawning, chewing and opening wide.

If a tooth touches it’s opposing tooth just a fraction quicker than the adjacent teeth, that tooth will receive more pressure than it’s neighbours. This increased pressure every time we close our mouth ( every 30 second when we swallow) is what creates a traumatic situation for the tooth and the zones related to that tooth. Such repeated unbalanced pressure can result in tooth sensitivity, death of the tooth, muscle spasms, periodontal disease or pain in the jaw joint, and recurrent migraines headaches Beyond the primary concern lays the energetic concern of the tooth’s energetic meridian partners. Check the references listed on the Tooth Acu Meridian organ chart. (put Pdf picture of the chart here)

T.M.J Therapy

Our jaw-joint is called the “temporo-mandibular joint”, or T.M.J for short. It is in many ways very unique. Our lower jaw is the only structure that has a paired joint. If one side moves the other side will move at the same time. This bone is “hinged” at both ends to our skull, and has an end point of closure, namely where the teeth meet.

The position and function of the jaw is very intricately balanced by a wide number of muscles and ligaments, and certainly governed by a very deep-rooted voluntary and involuntary nervous system.

A disruption of this delicate coordination causes T.M.J, or temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction. T.M.J problems have been linked to head and neck pain, posture problems, migraines and backache and Tinitus.

Chronic symptoms of the head and neck can often be attributed to:

A) Headache -- the temporalis muscle (it closes and clenches the jaw)

B) Sinus pressure and pain -- the lateral pterygoid muscles (it moves the jaw side to side and/or forward)

C) Neck stiffness and pain -- trapezius muscle (it stabilizes the skull during jaw clenching and grinding)

In fact, a lot of the symptoms stemming from T.M.J discomfort are located in the neuromuscular apparatus associated with the joint. As these are also connected to the rest of the head neck and back musculature, as well as muscles in posture regulation, there may be far-reaching repercussions. T.M.J dysfunction is usually not caused, but may be aggravated by poor dental restorative work.

T.M.J dysfunction can be caused by one or more of the following:

Treatment of TMD

At The ISH SKO Centre, treatment of TMD is individually tailored after a careful evaluation of all contributing factors.

Treatment involves the following stages:

Along side the stabilizing therapy we encourage people to look into the causes behind the emotional and mental stresses in their life. Patients can book with our Autonomic Response Therapist for a session of Mental and Emotional Freedom Technique. This tapping technique is perhaps a bid odd if you have not heard of it, but it certainly works in relieving the adrenal flight and fright response due to unresolved emotional and mental conflicts that reside within the subconscious mind.

EFT and MFT are well known and established therapies. To learn more about this therapy check out the EFT website for a free download of their manual www.emofree.com.

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