Tmj and MLD

TMJ and MLD.

TMJ or Temporomandibular joint is bilaterally located on the side of the human head.

Temporomandibular joint is responsible for the following movement:

Upper Compartment

  • Protrusion
  • Retrusion

Lower Compartment

  • Lower the Jaw
  • Raise the Jaw

Lateral Deviation

Said so:

  • the opening is the combination of Protrusion plus Lowering the Jaw
  • closing the mouth is Retrusion plus Raising the Jaw.

On the other hand, TMJ can be really painful.

When TMJ is in pain, we can find it hard to talk, eat and sometimes even to rest, as the pain can be quite strong.

Moving forward, not everyone knows that deep under TMJ we have what we call Parotid Gland.

The Parotid Gland is a salivary gland, and if gets infected it can swallow up and be quite painful.

What can happen at the Parotid Gland is an accumulation of calcium in its duct, and saliva can’t be expelled.

Even though, viruses or bacteria can also be responsible for TMJ infection.

What also most people are not aware of is that in the Parotid Gland there are lymph nodes.

That’s where TMJ and MLD cross one another.

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TMJ Pain

The fact that the gland can be swollen, is an indication that fluid is stuck in it.

MLD, thanks to the boosting of the lymphatic system, which is responsible to reduce swelling in the body, can be the perfect technique to reduce the swelling and so restore the functionality of TMJ.

The Parotid Gland lymph nodes unload their Lymph Obligatory Load into the cervical nodes.

So as per usual at the start of the MLD treatment, we will work along the upper neck, medial neck and then the terminal (just between the clavicle and the upper trap).

In addition, what makes a difference with MLD is that is a pain-free technique. That would allow the client suffering from TMJ pain to receive a treatment that would not aggravate the pain feeling and would end up in giving a deep relaxation too.

Other techniques of work can be used, such as Remedial Massage trigger point, or dry needling for Myotherapy treatment.

In regards to dry needling, I am not qualified yet to carry out such a treatment, but I will be by the end of this year.

About the Remedial Massage TMJ treatment, it is a useful technique but would not resolve the problem at the route cause.

In conclusion, MLD is probably the best manual, not invasive treatment that can be done for TMJ.

Talk to your dentist about this option, and if they are not aware of what MLD is, don’t be surprised, it is yes a wonderful technique, but is still not well known by many practitioners, dentist included.




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