Cambridge Jaw Pain Clinic
Our Cambridge Jaw Pain Clinic, has a registered osteopath that uses manual therapy and prescriptive exercise to treat musculoskeletal jaw pain.
For more information on how our osteopath achieves this. then read our Guide to Temporomandibular joint disorder Manual Therapy by Osteopaths
What are Temporomandibular Joint Disorders?
Temporomandibular joint disorders are a problem affecting the ‘chewing’ muscles and the joints between the lower jaw and the base of the skull. The most important feature is pain, followed by restricted mandibular (jaw bone) movement, and noises from the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) during jaw movement.
What Causes Temporomandibular Joint Disorders?
- TMJ Disc displacement
- Degenerative joint disease
- Occlusal factors
- Hormonal factors
How an Osteopath treat temporomandibular joint disorders?
The manual therapy treatment is aimed at reducing muscular and joint pain and improving jaw mobility that occur with a TMJ disorders. The treatment is conservative and non-invasive. Our osteopath will try to make the treatment as painless as possible.
How can the Osteopath work with your Dentist?
The manual therapy treatment compliments the work of dentist to restore your jaw to it’s optimum position, function and biting pattern.
The dentist could use occlusal splints (also termed bite plates or intra-oral appliances). which are usually made of acrylic and can be hard or soft. They can be designed to fit onto the upper teeth or the lower teeth. They may cover all the teeth in one arch (full coverage splint) or only some (partial coverage splint).
This is the adjustment or reorganizing of the existing occlusion, carried out in the belief that this will redistribute forces evenly across the dental arches or achieve a more favorable position of the condyles in the fossae, which is purported to lessen tooth wear, bruxism and TMD
Normally splints are only worn during sleep, and therefore probably do nothing for people who engage in parafunctional activities during wakefulness rather than during sleep
How Can We Help?
If the pain has a musculoskeletal origin or cause, then we can provide manual therapy treatment to help reduce the pain severity and improve joint mobility.
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