Just getting through the day is all that individuals can do most days, who suffer the agony of the unrelenting pain associated with TMJ, trigeminal or facial nerve neuritis.
Generally speaking, the majority of TMJ, trigeminal and facial neuritis cases we’ve treated, exhibit aggravating or exacerbating influences from multiple and regional musculoskeletal imbalances that perpetuate these debilitating disorders. Dysfunction within the temporomandibular joint [barring a direct blow or injury to the joint], is a reflection of other stressors present within the body and musculoskeletal system. These stressors can directly impact the TM joint and the surrounding, delicate trigeminal and facial nerves. Stressors can also be external to the body i.e., work, life, finances, etc.
Effectively treating TMJ involves looking at multiple factors that are unique to each patient’s condition. Whenever possible, we welcome the opportunity to work in conjunction with the Dentist or Orthodontist. This is particularly important for those patients who are fitted with night splints or other oral appliances to support and ‘treat’ the TMJ.
As we determine contributing factors that might lie within the shoulder complex, the digestive system, cervical spine, lumbar and sacral spinal regions for example; the result is a reorganization and realignment of the entire musculoskeletal system. The temporomandibular joint, the trigeminal and facial nerves, will be direct beneficiaries of this reorganization. If the oral appliance or splint does not change as the body and TM joint are changing; the end result can be a tug-of-war between the appliance and the body….with the victim or hostage being the patient!