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Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular therapy is a specific approach to the problem of pain based on sound physiological principles and neurological laws. Neuromuscular therapy allows a reversal of the stress-tension-pain cycle. Pressure specifically interupts impulses to the spinal cord, reduces the intensity of nervous activity within the tissue and mechanically forces out toxic irritants which have accumulated within the nervous system. The muscle then relaxes, circulation is increased and the body returns to normal neurological balance.

TMJ Pain

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a small joint located in the front of the ear where the skull and the lower jaw meet. This joint allows the lower jaw (mandible) to move and function. TMJ disorders have a variety of symptoms. There may be pain directly within the joint and it may be on one or both sides. The temporomandibular joint may click and produce creptius (a crackling sound) when moved. There is often moderate to severe pain, which may be constant or episodic, in the head, upper neck, upper thoracic spine and scapular regions. The range of motion of the lower jaw may be reduced in severe cases.

Emotional Stress
One Source of Trouble

Stress may trigger TMJ symptoms. It can cause patients to clinch their teeth during the day or to grind them while sleeping. This can bring on painful spasms in the muscles surrounding the TMJ. Tension held within the upper back and neck regions can also trigger pain in the TMJ.

The Role of the Massage Therapist

This condition needs a team approach as seldom is one method by itself successful. Massage therapy is one facet of treatment needed to rehabilitate the dysfunctional TMJ. The massage therapist uses proven systems of soft tissue manipulation to release trigger points, normalize tone, and affect jaw tracking and opening. These techniques alleviate most TMJ pain conditions.

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