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IMPACT OF A DYSFUNCTIONAL TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT (TMJ) UPON BODYFUNCTION
Presented by Ron Phelan, Remedial Therapist, Bowen (NST) Instructor/Practitioner Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder is referred to as the “hidden imposter” becauseit mimics the symptoms of many other musculoskeletal problems. Dysfunction of the TMJtypically affects around 30 percent of the population, with symptoms such as neck pain,back pain, headaches, migraines, clicking jaw and bruxism being the most commonproblems. The TMJ has many functions, involved in chewing, swallowing and talking. Togain a fuller understanding of the implications of TMJ disorder, its relationship within thecontext of a broader system, the Stomatognathic system (SGS) must be considered. TheSGS consists of the cranial, spinal and pelvic structures and is considered a closed loopfeedback network. Hence imbalances in the TMJ locally are reflected not only locally butalso to the pelvis via the dura mater. The imbalances can also be distributed: mechanically (causing distortions in the cranial area, spinal and pelvic regions resulting in irregularmuscular tensions anywhere in the body), hormonally (by affecting the regulation of thepituitary gland), and neurologically (through pressure on cranial nerves). In most cases, TMJ disorder can be effectively treated using NST technique in isolation or in conjunction with other supportive modalities. These techniques involve a comprehensive assessmentprotocol to isolate the source of the problem, followed by NST treatment.
Understanding of TMJ relationship to the bodyAssess the impact of dysfunctional TMJDiagnostic protocol for fault isolationObserve/experience the effect of a NST move.