WALKING THE TALK with Jorgen

 

This month’s walking the talk comes courtesy of Jorgen Forsberg from Select Physio Health & Wellness Clinic.

TMJ pain and Dry needling and a link to a systematic review showing positive effects with dry needling for TMJ dysfunction.

The Temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. …

Causes of TMJ disorders include injury to the teeth or jaw, misalignment of the teeth or jaw,

Or more commonly teeth grinding or clenching, poor posture, stress, or arthritis.

Women are affected more often than men, with 9 women to every 1 man experiencing severe pain and restricted jaw movement.

A common but often painless symptom is an unusual popping, clicking, or even grinding noise that can occur while eating, talking, or simply opening the mouth.

Noises that occur when moving the jaw are not always a symptom of TMJ disorders. In fact, jaw noises are quite common. It is only when the sounds occur alongside pain or limited movement of the jaw that medical advice may be needed.

Recommended self-care treatments may involve reducing movement of the jaw. When rest is recommended, this could involve:

– avoiding chewing gum

– eating only soft foods

– avoiding clenching or tensing the jaw

On the other hand, gentle exercises may be recommended, such as stretching the jaw slightly. Massaging the affected muscles around the jaw may also help.

 

Here is systematic review showing positive effects with dry needling for TMJ dysfunction.

http://www.remedypublications.com/sports-medicine/articles/pdfs_folder/smrj-v3-id1030.pdf

 

– Jörgen Forsberg