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TMJ Pain Solutions is a learning resource for understanding the role of trigger points in Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction and Cervicogenic Headache.

"Myofascial dysfunction is present in all craniofacial pain syndromes. Treating the trigger points from within the mouth is the only way to reach and release the muscle dysfunction and spasm. It's time practitioners learn these techniques and pass The MyoFree® Solution along to their patients so they can have a comprehensive home care program to keep them pain-free."

Dr. Robert. O. Uppgaard, D.D.S.,
International TMJ Expert and
Author of Taking Control of TMJ: Your Total Wellness Program for Recovering from Temporomandibular Joint Pain, Whiplash, Fibromyalgia, and Related Disorders

 

We want to help you overcome the grip of TMJ related pain. We want you to know that there is a treatment option to relieve the pain that you may not have heard about but is remarkably within your reach. We are here to empower you with knowledge to help yourself and possibly others within your TMJ support community. Read how the inventor of the MyoFree Solution became motivated to empower herself.

Listen to Gail's Story here:

But before you decide if the MyoFree Solution is right for you, learn how some health professionals are just beginning to understand how intra oral ischemic compression or what is now commonly referred to as intra oral trigger point pressure release can obliterate trigger points that often play a role in clinical TMJ Syndrome. Understand how the MyoFree Solution works here.

What is TMJ?

"TMJ" stands for "Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome." Another term commonly used is "TMD", which stands for "Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction."

The temporomandibular joints are complex hinge joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull. If you've been told, "You have TMJ", that means you have a problem with your jaw (which could be for a number of reasons) and the surrounding muscles in your head, face, and jaw. Your professional practitioner will desrcibe your specific issues with you. We are here to help you learn how to deal with the muscle pain and spasm that is often associated with any craniofacial pain of the head, face and/or jaw.

TMJ causes pain that ranges from mild to severe. The pain is usually felt around the jaw joint and associated muscles. Frequently, pain is also felt in the face, head, teeth, eyes, ears, sinuses, neck and shoulders. Left untreated, mild functional problems may result in permanent changes such as arthritis and tissue damage.

Approximately 20% of the overall population suffers from TMJ. About 90% are women although experts do not know why. TMJ has proven to be difficult to diagnose and treat; there is no single discipline associated with TMJ. Often, patients will visit multiple clinicians during the diagnosis phase alone. Millions of dollars are spent each year on tests and treatments, frequently out of the patient's own pocket.

The most common symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Pain in and around the jaw, face, ears, eyes, teeth, head, neck, and shoulders
  • Muscle pain, spasms, and/or tenderness in the face, ears, eyes, teeth, neck, head, and shoulders
  • Many types of headaches
  • Pain in the sinuses and behind the eyes
  • Painful pressure in the ears that may cause earaches and/or ringing in the ears
  • Clicking and popping in the jaw joints
  • Clenching the jaw and grinding the teeth
  • Jaw locking in open and closed positions
  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing

Some, if not most of the problems listed above are related specifically to the shortening of the muscle which causes decreased range of motion and the ability to open properly. And, the compression of nerves and blood vessels caused by trigger points is responsible for both direct and referred pain. Statistics also indicate that 80% of ALL headaches originate in the chewing muscles.

 

The Causes Of TMJ: How did I get TMJ?

While the causes of TMJ can be related to direct trauma to the jaw joint, such as a blow to the jaw, the cause is unclear and/or unknown in many cases. Misalignment should always be considered and evaluated by a specialized dentist.

Other contributing factors can include developmental and/or congenital abnormalities, teeth clenching or teeth grinding, bite misalignment, gum chewing, poorly fitting dentures, and systemic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia that manifest in the jaw. Read more here.

Frequently Asked Questions about TMJ and the MyoFree Solution Click here.

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