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The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
May, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 05
Snap, Crackle and Pop, Part I
By Neal Cross, PhD, NCTMB
The human temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is involved in the etiology of several clinical complaints, including jaw pain, tongue pain and headache. Although small, this joint has a rather complex structure and function.By placing your middle finger over the TMJ (just inferior and slightly anterior to the external auditory meatus) and slowly opening and closing your mandible, you should feel a nice smooth motion bilaterally. This motion will start as a jaw opening (depression); at the end of the movement ( at the point just prior to fully opening the jaw), you should feel the joint glide anteriorly. Some will feel one side move out of synch with the other; others may feel one or both sides suddenly "snap" anteriorly. A few may feel a "crackle" (crepitus) on one or both sides; still others may feel and/or hear a "pop" as the articular disc releases.
Let's consider some of the underlying anatomical and functional aspects of the TMJ. The TMJ is formed by parts of two bones: the temporal bone and the mandible. More specifically, the condyloid process of the mandibular ramus fits into the mandibular (glenoid) fossa of the zygomatic process of the temporal bone. This mandibular fossa is bounded posteriorly by the retroarticular process and anteriorly by the articular tubercle. There is a well-defined articular disc within the joint cavity and an articular capsule enveloping the joint. (Author's note: For more information, please refer to one of the atlas pictures listed below.) Interestingly, the disc separates the joint cavity into two functionally separate compartments: one inferior and one superior. Another unique feature of this joint is that the articular surfaces are covered by dense fibrous connective tissue instead of hyaline cartilage, as is usual in synovial joints. This type of connective tissue allows for joint remodeling. The disc attaches to bone medially, laterally and posteriorly, but blends with the articular capsule anteriorly. The articular capsule and the lateral ligament further stabilize this joint. Medially, the sphenomandibular ligament assists in TMJ stabilization. Posteriorly, the stylomandibular ligament assists in joint stabilization.
The TMJ is considered a compound joint, because it operates as two separate but related functional units. The articular disc and the mandibular condyle form the first functional unit. These two act together in most hinge-type movements. This is when the jaw is depressed. The condyle and the disc together move (glide) on the articular eminence for full mandibular opening. The jaw may also be protracted (protruding the mandible) or retracted. In addition, there is lateral displacement about the TMJ. The primary muscles producing these mandibular movements are: depression-lateral pterygoids with help from the digastric, mylohyoid and geniohyoid muscles; elevation-masseter, temporalis and medial pterygoids; retraction-posterior temporalis; protraction-lateral pterygoids; and lateral displacement-contralateral lateral pterygoid. Earlier descriptions of a separate "superior pterygoid" muscle acting solely upon the articular disc seem to have been unfounded.1
The innervation of the TMJ is derived from branches of the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve; specifically, the masseteric and auriculotemporal branches. The blood supply is derived from the superficial temporal and maxillary branches of the external carotid artery. Lymphatic drainage is primarily into the deep cervical nodes.
Next month, I will discuss various TMJ dysfunctions as they relate specifically to the underlying anatomical features. It will then become clear why so many clinicians of various types treat TMJ dysfunction.
Click here for previous articles by Neal Cross, PhD, NCTMB.
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