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TMJ Relief

Posted by Jesse Lillejord on
TMJ Relief: 
Here we are talking about the jaw, or TMJ (temporomandibular joint). This joint is a hinge joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. This type of pain we see a lot of these days because of wearing masks. In addition, those with TMJ issues often grind their teeth at night - leading to jaw pain headaches. Just like any other part of the body we can work the muscle tissues surrounding the joint as well as the joint itself! In this case, part of that is working inside the mouth. The mask needs to be taken down briefly for this technique but then it is pulled back up immediately following treatment. One hand contacts the masseter muscle located on the outside, the other goes inside the mouth, pinning the jaw space and tractioning down, mobilizing + creating space in that joint. We repeat this 3 times, giving her a break in between, then perform the same technique on the other side. After that we adjust the jaw itself, having the patient bite into our thumb, then relaxing, followed by a quick adjustment to open up that space. If that doesn't serve her, we can also use a tool called an "Activator." We can adjust through the TMJ the same way using this device. 

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