(temperomandibular joint dysfunction)
Craniosacral treatment for Jaw Pain and TMDJ
TMJ pain or TMJD has many causes, yet, in the chronic case, it is often a signal of stress
This is no surprise as the jaw is located in the midst of the most regularly used and most crucial part of our body. The mouth, neck, ear, jaw, teeth, and nose areas are critical for breathing, drinking, eating, hearing, talking, balance, body language, expression and more. Anatomically, it is closely associated with the limbic system and the fight/flight response.
Therefore, the holistic approach used at Rosewater includes relaxation and stress reduction simultaneously while contacting muscle, nerve tissue, fascia, body memory and the central nervous system.
Comprehensive Care Package for TMJ Dysfunction and Pain
For people with long-standing, moderate to severe pain and symptoms, I highly recommend a course of treatment. This area of the body is highly dynamic yet also informed by layers of habits formed very early. We need time to contact as many layers as we can to impart possibilities of ease in function.
So, a little about the TMJD comprehensive care package. What it does is provide a structure for allowing us to dedicate five sessions primarily to the workings of the temporomandibular joint. This will naturally include an exploration and support as needed to all the major players: the mandible, the maxillae, the temporal bones, the temporomandibular joint itself and all the muscles that attach directly to it, plus adjacent and distal big players: the sphenoid, the occiput, the sacrum and hip muscles. The jaw joint being such a crux of all manners of reptilian brain motor nerve output (nourishment, displays of territory, etc) plus the limbic brain's sensory input (affection) and motor output of language and connection, relationship....this area deserves dedicated sessions. I will still follow the body's lead, although within the broad container of relationship to the tmj.
Rosewater TMJ and Jaw Treatment
All of this work is a cooperative effort; that is, nothing is forced. Your needs and comfort are important and your feedback is vital to safe, gentle, profound results. We will work together to follow the cues given by your body with curiosity and respect. I provide your physical structures with what we could call "conversations" or "experiments" that allow your nervous system to regain possibilities and ease.
Sample Treatment A
Discuss health history, symptoms, duration and contributing factors.
Assess and treat:
* Range of motion of the jaw
* Tension of the main jaw muscles: masseter, posterior fibers of temporalis, and the lateral and medial pterygoids
* Assist mobility of the mandible or jaw bone and the temperomandibular joint
* Facilitate circulation of fluids throughout the body, including the cerebral spinal fluid, noting areas of flow or blockage
* Provide self-care homework program and tools
Sample Treatment B
Assess and treat:
* Muscles of the upper back, which refer to the side of head, face, and jaw
* Temporal bones where the jaw bone connects to the cranium and also contain the ears
* Spheno-basilar joint, the most important joint in the head
* Neck and atlanto-occipital joint. Any dysfunction here affects the angles in which the jaw moves
* Maxillae bones where the upper teeth connect to cranium
* Gentle tissue re-education of the muscles of the floor of the mouth and anterior neck
* Continue to assess circulation of the cerebral spinal fluid.
Sample Treatment C
Assess and treat:
* Tension of the hips, lower back, and sacrum as tension in the jaw can cause reciprocal tension here
* Bones of the palate of the mouth, affecting the jaw and auditory (Eustacian) tubes
* muscle, fascia and nerve tissue of the Trigenminal Nerves
* Continue to assess circulation of fluids throughout the body for treatment optimization.
* Revisit self-care program including tools to reduce stress
* Repeat if necessary, and expand inquiry to old injuries or traumas.