Trigger Point Ablation and TMJ Syndrome A self-management approach to eradicating trigger points contributing to TMJ disorder or facial pain.Print
A Practical Pain Manangement Clinical Report By Tiziano Marovino, DPT, DAAPM
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him
how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
We have all heard this message before and most of us would attest to the validity of this statement. It is with this philosophical message in mind that we present our first clinical report on a product that is not at all representative of high technology. It is not expensive, not technically difficult to use, does not require professional study or a degree as a prerequisite for use and, all in all, has little glamour. It is, I believe, a good current day example of teaching patients how to treat themselves. The device itself is actually quite unimpressive by first appearance and it would be quite natural for many to relegate in the realm of “clinical junk.” I would, however, caution those who might be drawn to this conclusion. The instrument is called the MyoFreeTM Solution(see Figure 1) and is a tool that uses intra-oral ischemic compression (pressure) to obliterate trigger points that can be the source of pain and dysfunction in the jaw and face. This instrument that can be used at home by the patient to treat intra-muscular trigger points (TPs) around the tempero-mandibular joint that often play a role in clinical TMJ syndrome.