Katie Fortman
May 8, 2023

Understanding Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)

Causes, symptoms, and treatment options

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) can be a real pain in the neck, jaw, and head. These conditions are characterized by chronic facial pain, headaches, and difficulty with jaw movement. TMD can be caused by a range of factors, including muscle tension, joint dysfunction, and nerve problems. If you're struggling with symptoms of TMD, BIÂN is here to help. Our team of wellness experts can evaluate your condition and provide effective treatment options to alleviate your pain and improve your overall quality of life.

Symptoms of TMD can vary from person to person. Some people may experience jaw pain, which can make eating, speaking, and even smiling extremely uncomfortable. Other common symptoms include headaches, neck pain, tinnitus, dizziness, and shoulder pain. If left untreated, TMD can also contribute to teeth grinding and clenching, which can lead to further dental issues.

The most common form of TMD is myofascial pain, which is caused by trigger points in the muscles of the jaw and head. These trigger points can cause pain referral patterns that spread to other areas of the body. At BIÂN, we use precision neuromuscular massage therapy techniques to address trigger points and reduce tension in the affected muscles. This can help alleviate pain and improve mobility in the jaw.

In addition to massage therapy, we may also recommend intraoral trigger point therapy. This involves applying pressure to trigger points inside the mouth, which can help reduce the intensity and severity of symptoms associated with myofascial pain of the TMJ. We may also suggest physical therapy exercises to strengthen the muscles that support the TMJ and improve joint mobility. These exercises can help address muscle imbalances and prevent further episodes of TMD.

Chiropractic adjustments can also be beneficial for people with TMD. By addressing joint dysfunction in the TMJ and cervical spine, we can help improve alignment and reduce pain. Chiropractic care can also improve overall spinal health and reduce the risk of future injuries.

At BIÂN, our team is dedicated to helping you find relief from your TMD symptoms. Through a combination of massage therapy, physical therapy exercises, and chiropractic adjustments, we can address the root cause of your pain and improve your quality of life. If you're suffering from TMD, don't wait to seek treatment. Explore membership at BIÂN to schedule an evaluation and get started on the path to a pain-free life.

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