Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Pain and Hypnosis
Temporomandibular dysfunction is a painful condition that affects the jaw. The common issue lies in front of the ear and connects the jaw to the skull. People suffering from this disease are usually able to open their jaws all over; as they experience a lot of pain when trying to open their mouth or even talk. People suffering from the jaw joint dysfunction usually begin to panic, resulting in deterioration of their condition. The jaw joint is a complex joint of bones, muscles and other parts of the body. Research has shown that over 10 million people are suffering from temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD).
Temporomandibular joint disorder is an excruciating condition that comes from the jaw joint, but often the symptoms and pain can spread to other parts of the body. However, there are several different causes of TMZ / TMD. This jaw bone replacement may be caused by a scratch-free teeth or muscle problems that hold the wrist safely.
TMD pain is usually concentrated around the temporomandibular joint, but it can also extend to other parts of the body such as head, neck, and shoulders. Some people may have to visit a doctor because they are having frequent headaches, but it's not uncommon for these headaches to be caused by TMD. Instead of treating headache, the victim needs TMD treatment to improve the symptoms.
Three Common Reasons for Temporomandibular Joint Disorders:
The primary cause of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders is an Injury to your jaw, the joint, or the muscles of your head and neck; as a result of severe blow or accident. Other causes include:
- It may be because of a dislocated jaw or a disc flush.
- It may also be due to degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis in the joints of the jaw or rheumatoid arthritis.
- It may be attributable to myofascial pain like the pain in the muscles of the jaws, shoulders, and neck.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders Symptoms:The pain one experiences from Temporomandibular Joint Disorders can either be temporary or last many years. This can also affect one or both sides of the face. Here are common symptoms seen on people suffering from TMD
- Eye pain
- Teeth and Gum discomfort
- Mouth, Face, Cheek, and Chin discomfort or pain
- Ear Pain
- Throat Problems
- Neck and Shoulder problems
How to Diagnose: Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Symptoms:
Many other conditions cause similar symptoms - such as tooth loss, sinusitis, arthritis, and gum disease. To find what causes yours, the dentist will ask you about your medical history and perform a physical examination.
He will check whether the joints of your joints have pain or sensitivity and you hear clicks, pops, or network sounds when moving. This will also ensure that your jaw is working properly, not locked when you open or close your mouth. It also shows your bite and checks your facial muscle problems.
How does TMJ cause headaches, facial pain, etc…?
Misalignment of the jaw and disorder in the joints causes the symptoms of TMD in two ways: First, around the temporomandibular (TMJ) joint itself are nerves and blood vessels that lead to other areas of the head and neck. When the TMJs and jaw are misaligned, it creates excessive pressure on these nerves and blood vessels and pain is perceived as coming from where they eventually lead to (i.e. head, neck, shoulder, etc…) This is what confuses most of those that suffer because the problem isn’t in the actual area of the pain. This is the same mechanism by which a problem in the joints of your spine can lead to numbness or pain in other regions of the body such as your hands or feet. Secondly, TMD can cause these symptoms by disrupting the balance of the muscles associated with the jaw and skull. The jaw has a precise optimal position for creating balance and harmony in the muscles that attach to it. If this balance is disrupted, as is the case in TMD, these muscles become irritated and overly active eventually leading to muscle fatigue and spasms. Muscles that are excessively fatigued and spasming can be very painful and lead to the cascade of physiological problems and symptoms discussed earlier.
TMJD Treatment Options
Tx: It is important to properly diagnose your problem and determine the best course of treatment for your specific needs. Typically the first course of action and immediate concern of the patient is to relieve muscle spasm and pain. The best way to do this is through ULF-TENS technology. ULF-TENS (Ultra-Low-Frequency-Transcutaneous-Electrical-Neural-Stimulation) is a method of relaxing the muscles through gentle rhythmic pulsing, and also serves to determine approximately where your bite placement would be optimal to relieve you of your symptoms. The precise optimal position of your jaw is determined by “K7/EMG” technology. In short, the K7/EMG system monitors muscle activity to determine what bite positioning is best for your TMJs and muscles so they function in harmony and symptom free. Once this position is found, it can be maintained permanently through a variety of approaches, depending on which is best for your case. The four most typical approaches are outline below:
Coronoplasty/Equilibration Coronoplasty is smoothing and reshaping the enamel of the teeth to correct your bite. It is a simple procedure that does not require anesthesia and can be used when the bite is only slightly misaligned.
Removable Overlay Partials These are permanent orthotics that usually fit over the back teeth and are designed to maintain an aligned bite.
Reconstruction This approach involves making the teeth higher by using crowns. This permanently realigns the bite and provides structural support for the jaw.
Orthodontics (Braces) When the teeth are healthy they may be moved to the optimal position using braces.
Hypnosis and Temporomandibular Pain
There have been some study into the efficacy of hypnosis and pain relief of TMD.
In one research study 28 people with temporomandibular pain. Hypnosis treatment was effective in lowering the pain and the pain remained lower at the 6 month post treatment follow up.
A second research study indicated hypnosis was super effective at lowering the pain reported by subjects who received hypno-relaxation technique.
The two studies indicate that hypnosis is an effective tool in lowering temporomandibular pain.