Incorrect Diagnosis Can Undermine Successful TMJ & Face Pain Treatment
The way that many providers diagnose Temporomandibular Joint Disorders and face pain conditions is concerning. Often there is no direct measurement of the occlusal forces of the mouth. Diagnosis is frequently based on simple x-rays of the jaw joints and patient reported pain symptoms. Subsequently, The first line of treatment is usually painkillers, muscle relaxants, etc. — but they’re jumping the gun.
What of the root causes for that pain? A TMJ or face pain condition cannot be successfully treated long-term if the specific root causes are not known. We suggest a different approach to diagnosis – one that precisely locates and measures dysfunction – so that the actual root causes inform the treatment. This is where Cranberry Headache & Migraine Relief Center comes into the picture.
Bottom line is, we now have a mountain of clinical evidence that points to the real culprits in the majority of TMJ and face pain cases — dysfunctional relationships between the neuromuscular components of the Stomatognathic System (all soft and hard tissues that are functionally connected to the jaw joints). These relationships must be explored fully and diagnosed with great care. That’s exactly what we do! We locate and measure the problems so that precisely targeted treatment protocols – non-invasive TMJ treatments and face pain treatments – can be selected to address the patient’s unique condition.
Neuromuscular Rehabilitation For Treatment of TMJ / TMD & Face Pain
What we now understand about the neuromuscular forces of the head, neck, face, teeth, mouth, and jaws – particularly, how they are all connected – has changed the diagnostic protocols for explaining face pain and TMJ pain conditions. Neuromuscular dentists like Dr. Robison can now measure force imbalances with great precision and chronic pain patients can greatly benefit from it. This, in turn, has drastically changed treatment.
Once the root causes for pain are known, Dr. Robison can design a non-invasive neuromuscular rehabilitation plan to get you well. Below are descriptions of some of the treatment protocols we regularly use:
Manual massage techniques have proven quite effective in treating TMJ pain and orofacial pain conditions. Massaging the sub-dermal pockets of tension and pain (trigger points) can immediately reduce pain symptoms and any associated muscle tension.
The goal is to break up those knotty trigger points in the muscles of the face, head, neck, and shoulder areas. In fact, chronic tension, headaches, and migraines have all been known to accompany TMJ and face pain conditions. However, increasing blood flow to the appropriate areas can go a long way towards eliminating all of these painful problems. We also seek to reduce inflammation with trigger point manipulation because it helps the body to naturally heal.
Cranial Electrical Stimulation
Cranial Electrical Stimulation (CES) is used in pain patients to push low-level electrical signals into the muscles. The Alpha Stim device used in this office is capable of delivering a microcurrent with a unique waveform that interacts with the bioelectricity in the body. The result is that the TMJ pain or face pain patient will experience a reduction in pain intensity and frequency.
Electrical stimulation is an good choice for the treatment of TMD / TMJ and face pain because the electrical signals reduce muscle spasms that cause pain while reducing referral pain into other parts of the body. Electrical stimulation ‘scrambles’ pain signals that get transmitted to your brain and will promote the desired nerve stimulation.
Ultrasound of the Muscles
Ultrasound treatment technology emits sound waves into the musculature, and using it provides multiple benefits to the TMJ pain or face pain sufferer. In fact, ultrasound has proven successful in treating chronic pain conditions of many types.
Ultrasound is not noisy and does not hurt you. In fact, it feels quite pleasant. Most patients characterize the feeling as warm — like getting a gentle muscle massage. Ultrasound also helps return circulation to sore and strained muscles through increased blood flow and heat application.
With sound waves we can penetrate under the epidermis to our desired depth and treat the appropriate locations. This makes ultrasound a versatile treatment option in TMJ pain and face pain patients — all without any need to physically penetrate the skin.
Cold Laser Treatment
Cold laser technology is a treatment modality used to rehabilitate trigger points in TMJ pain and face pain patients. Cold laser is used to treat trigger points with red light photons, or infrared. The photons work on the hard and soft tissues of the body to encourage rapid and thorough healing.
Low-level cold laser treatment offers multiple benefits to those who suffer with TMJ pain or face pain. Cold laser reduces both pain and inflammation, which is exactly what we want to achieve.
Cold laser is also a good choice for TMD / TMJ and face pain because it promotes the reconnecting of critical neurological pathways.
Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Orthotic Devices
Rehabilitation orthotics are an important part of our TMD / TMJ treatment protocols, as well as our treatments for face pain. We understand that long-term success is the goal, and TMJ pain relief or face pain relief is much, much easier to achieve when using rehabilitation orthotics.
The muscles of your head, neck, face, teeth, and jaws can become strained, strained and imbalanced over time. Harmony must then be restored and the dysfunction eliminated through neuromuscular rehabilitation. That’s where rehabilitation orthotics come in.
Dr. Robison employs various TMJ treatments to rehabilitate you, but uses a rehabilitation orthotic to make the progress stick. Occlusal adjustments will be needed to configure this device over your course of treatment. The adjustments are needed to achieve the optimal positions for the muscles. We need your head, neck, face, teeth, muscles and nerves all working perfectly in tandem — the way nature intended them to!
These breakthrough treatment protocols for TMD / TMJ and face pain are only offered by trained and experienced neuromuscular dentists.
Consider Neuromuscular Rehab for Your TMJ Treatment
And eat what you want for a change! Our non-invasive TMD / TMJ treatment and face pain treatment protocols are literally rewriting the treatment paradigm. TMJ pain and face pain may have changed some of your everyday behaviors, like what you eat and how you chew, but neuromuscular dentistry now provides a way to end the pain without medications and surgical intervention. Imagine eating a bowl of your favorite crunchy breakfast cereal again without wincing in pain, or biting into an apple fearlessly, or chewing gum. You can do it!
Dr. Robison at the Cranberry Headache & Migraine Relief Center will get to the root of your pain with a comprehensive TMJ or face pain diagnosis. In a single office visit he can measure the bite force distributions of your mouth and jaw, define your range of motion limitations, and palpate the muscles to locate trigger points. Once he knows what areas require neuromuscular rehabilitation he will be able to formulate a comprehensive treatment plan to eliminate your orofacial pain or TMJ pain for the long-term. Most patients can be nearly or entirely free from TMD, TMJ pain or face pain in less than 12 weeks.
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