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Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
July, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 07
TMJ: Self-Care for Your Masseter
By Judith DeLany, LMT
Today, as many people try to get more done in the day than the minutes allow, you might discover that you are clenching your teeth, even during the daytime. This is a common reaction to stressful situations, and even more common when the stress is unrelenting and the pressures of time management unyielding.Many of us clench our teeth without being aware of it and very often have tight temporomandibular joint (TMJ) muscles, without necessarily displaying any overt symptoms.
Location and Function
The temporomandibular (TM) joints are located just anterior to the opening of each ear and are involved in chewing, talking and displaying a wide range of facial expressions, all of which goes on practically unnoticed. It is rather remarkable that jaw movements occur in most people without any problem, especially considering the incongruent and naturally unstable design of this joint. Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) may develop, with symptoms that include headache, in a variety of patterns including: migraine (Fig. 1), toothache (Fig. 2), burning or tingling sensations in the face, tenderness and swelling on the sides of the face, clicking or popping of the jaw, reduced range of motion, ear pain without infection, hearing changes, dizziness, and sinus-type responses.
If caught in the early stages, dysfunction might be avoided by simply becoming aware of habits of clenching and/or grinding of the teeth, especially as associated with stress, and by reducing muscular pressure on the joint and its articular disc.
Spotlight on Masseter
A number of muscles act upon the TM joint. Masseter, capable of exerting hundreds of pounds of pressure, is the most powerful. It is comprised of three layers, stacking upon each other and filling out the region of the lateral cheek. It is involved primarily with chewing, clenching, strong closure of the jaws, and, to some degree, postural positioning and balancing the jaw, particularly when head position changes. It is overworked by habits of daily life, particularly chewing gum, clenching and grinding the teeth, as well as internalizing emotional distress.
Treatment is indicated for masseter when the range of opening of the mouth is restricted or when there is pain or other sensations in areas of the TM joint and trigger point target zones of referral. However, even when no symptoms exist, releasing masseter can immediately produce a feeling of lightness in the face and the resultant feeling of stress relief.
NMT Intraoral Masseter Release
A complete intraoral protocol is part of the Neuromuscular Therapy training for temporomandibular dysfunction. It is strongly recommended that practitioners receive appropriate training before working inside the mouth of clients/patients. However, it is easy to following these steps for a personal experience of releasing your own masseter. After releasing the first side, pause to open and close the mouth and to feel the (sometimes extraordinary) relaxation of the face on the side that has been treated.
Although a glove can be worn for self-application, a thoroughly scrubbed, bare finger is acceptable in one's own mouth. A protective barrier should always be worn when treating someone else. Nitrile or vinyl (full-hand) gloves are better choices than latex, which often causes allergic reaction.
Editor's Note: Proper training of Neuromuscular Therapy should be completed prior to working on a client. As stated in the article, the author is not advocating working inside the client's mouth before proper training. For more information on Neuromuscular Therapy and Judith DeLany go to: www.nmtcenter.com.
Judith DeLany serves as director of NMT Center, writes textbooks for Elsevier Health Sciences, and lectures internationally in the field of neuromuscular therapy. For more information regarding her work, visit www.nmtcenter.com or call toll-free at (866) 571-7942.
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