OSTEOPATHIC TMJ/TMD TREATMENT
The TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) affects your ability to talk, chew and swallow. The TMJ attaches the lower jaw to the skull. This muscle controls the opening and closing of the mouth and the movement of the jaw.
During your first visit our Osteopath will evaluate and treat your condition as a whole. Your Osteopath will observe you while you are standing, which includes observing how the head, neck, and spine relate, as well as the position of the TMJ in relation to the skull, cervical soft tissues, and shoulder girdle.
There will be specific assessment and treatment of your neck, jaw, and craniofacial bones. Soft tissue techniques including intraoral and extraoral techniques for the muscles, ligaments, and fascia as well as specific techniques to release tensions at the joints of the neck, cranial, and facial regions. In order to reach deeper structures, our Osteopath may use gentle stretches and manipulations inside the mouth to allowing the joint to reset itself comfortably, this may restore some movement that was lost due to excessive tension on the restricted side.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of treatments varies based on the indication, its severity and how the
patient’s body reacts to the treatment. The number of treatments can therefore be
anywhere between 6 and 10, more in very severe cases. Contact your Therapist to
see how many treatments you might need.
How often will I need the treatment?
Most indications require 1–3 treatments per week, which are done every second day, depending on the patient’s tolerance and body response.
Are there any restrictions after the treatment?
It is recommended that clients avoid sticky foods – such as gum and candy and hard
food- such as nuts and apples.
Are there any restrictions before the treatment?
It is recommended not to have consumed any medications, drugs or alcohol in the last 24 hours. If so, it should be noted.
What should I wear to the treatment?
It is recommended to wear comfortable shorts and a tank top.