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Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, more commonly referred to as TMJ, can often be completely debilitating to individuals suffering from this condition.  Many Americans experience symptoms of TMJ during their lives, and research has cited that 65% to 85% of people will suffer from this disorder. Myofascial pain from trigger points is so prevalent, a majority of people will suffer symptoms from active trigger points, and may suffer for weeks, months or years longer.

Symptoms include pain and muscle spasms in the head, mandible, neck and shoulder muscles; headaches; earaches; clicking noises or deviations when the mandible moves; limited ability to open the mouth; and dizziness.

Causes of TMJ dysfunction include whiplash, bruxism, malocclusion, anxiety, stress, trigger points and postural dysfunction. Treatments for TMJ disorder can include splint therapy, analgesics, surgery, stress management, acupuncture, trigger point therapy, hydrotherapy and massage therapy.

Research has found that people with TMJ disorder often experience frustration with conventional treatment, but are often satisfied with complementary and alternative medicine treatments, including massage therapy.

We are holding a Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy for TMJ class on March 7 from 9am-6pm. During this class, students will learn about the activation and treatment of trigger points with an emphasis on treatment techniques for the neck and TMJ.

We will cover how to recognize, treat, and help prevent trigger points from recurring, as well as how to make efficient use of massage. The key to treating trigger points is to know how to assess trigger point pain and where to apply treatment.

This class is designed to empower the therapist who wants to improve their ability to treat clients who present with chronic or ongoing pain symptoms and will include: evaluation of the muscle and how it plays a role in the symptoms of pain and stiffness in the neck and of the TMJ; how to introduce self-treatment to the client; basic understanding of when not to treat and when to refer to a specialist; and effective treatment plans for TMJ.





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