Why Do I Have So Much Pain?

TMD - Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction pain is often times the "tip of the ice berg" when diagnosing someones pain. Dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint can be a secondary or tertiary manifestation of other problems in the body causing a myriad of body aches and pains.

To truly understand an individuals diagnosed TMD pain we need to look at the contributing factors, which may include any of the following: craniosacral system dysfunction, nervous system overload, musculoskeletal compensations, myofascial restrictions anywhere in the body but particularly lower back and pelvic girdle areas, and the mastication muscles of the mouth. Significantly contributing to TMD issues can also be previous or current traumatic injuries, high levels of stress, be it physical, physiological, psycho emotional and/or environmental. We must also take into account allergies and nutritional factors that can be causing whole body inflammation. As you can see TMD is a complex disorder requiring significant exploration of symptoms and causation. Below is a listing of possible symptoms. Most people experience some but not all of these.

  • Pain in the TMD (jaw joint) itself on one or both sides, experienced occasionally or constantly
  • Clicking, snapping or popping of the joint
  • Jaw does not open smoothly and may deviate slightly to one side or the other
  • Reduced ability to open wide
  • Headaches (misdiagnosed migraine headaches particularly)
  • Headache or face stiffness upon awakening
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain (across the top and/or down into the shoulder blade) Sometimes both sides but sometimes only one sided.
  • Ringing in the ears (one side or both, constant or occasionally)
  • Lack of ability to concentrate or focus
  • Irritability due to above symptoms wearing down your central nervous system

Because this is such a complex disorder it requires multiple modalities to correct it. Listed below are the therapies we would recommend for someone suffering from TMD. You may not need all of these but all would enhance the healing process.

  • Cranial Sacral Therapy
  • Samato Emotional Release Therapy
  • Myofascial Release Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Postural correction and integration therapy
  • Hypnotherapy/Active Meditation
  • Dental appliance
  • Nutritional evaluation and support

We have developed a comprehensive plan for dealing with TMD. Suffering in pain or using medications to cope with your pain is no longer necessary. Please call the center today and speak with our patient advocate, Annette Eccles, so she can help you start the healing process today.

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