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Osteopath Hamilton: TMJ Pain Our Thoughts

Introduction:

Everyday movements like smiling, laughing, talking, and chewing are daily activities that we often take for granted. However, for individuals with temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), these simple actions can lead to significant pain. At TLC Osteopaths in Hamilton, our team understands the challenges associated with TMJ dysfunction and are committed to providing holistic care to address both the symptoms and underlying causes.



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The anatomy of hte jaw. This also points to common places needles can be isnerted.

Understanding TMJ Dysfunction:

TMJ dysfunction involves issues with the temporomandibular joints, where the skull and lower jawbone meet. This condition can result from various factors such as arthritis, dislocation, injury, or infection in the TMJ, leading to painful symptoms like clicking or locking in the jaw, headaches, neck pain, and ringing in the ears.


Osteopathic Care for TMJ Dysfunction:

Our Osteopaths in Hamilton will speak at length about many aspects of your pain, such as

  1. How your TMJ pain started,

  2. What you might already be doing about your TMJ pain,

  3. How your TMJ pain impacts your daily life

  4. What we can do as osteopaths to help your TMJ pain.

Our diagnostic approach aims to identify the root cause of pain, considering factors such as neck, shoulder, or back issues, stress, bruxism, and posture. Each treatment plan is tailored to the individual needs of our patients.


Treatment Approaches:

Hands-On Techniques:

Our skilled osteopaths employ hands-on techniques to address tight muscles affecting the TMJ, reducing tension on the joint and promoting overall musculoskeletal health and good postural alignment.


Personalized Advice:

Beyond hands-on treatments, we provide tailored advice to empower our clients. This may include stress reduction strategies, dietary adjustments, and recommendations to avoid habits like chewing gum.

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Acupuncture points of the face

Acupuncture for TMJ:

In addition to traditional osteopathic methods, acupuncture is integrated into our treatment offerings. Acupuncture needles are strategically inserted around the ear, face, and jaw, targeting trigger points in masticatory muscles to alleviate pain, headaches, and improve jaw mobility. Needles may also be placed at other points on the body to enhance the local acupuncture points effect.


Conclusion:

At TLC Osteopaths, our careful approach to TMJ dysfunction involves a combination of hands-on osteopathic techniques, personalized advice, and acupuncture. We create individualized treatment plans that not only address immediate symptoms but also consider the broader context of our patients' lives. Our goal is to support individuals on their journey to lasting relief and improved well-being, recognizing the uniqueness of each person's experience and frustrations with TMJ dysfunction.



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Darryl Jenkins is a friendly Osteopath in Hamilton and co-owner of TLC Osteopaths. His qualifications include a undergraduate certificate in Exercise science from Wintec, a degree in Human Biology from Unitec, and a master's degree in osteopathy from Unitec, where he also completed his thesis on human movement assessment. He also holds a postgraduate certificate in acupuncture from AUT which means he practices osteopathy and acupuncture. He would like to be pursuing the postgraduate certificate in Pain Science at Otago Uni (awaiting spouse approval)


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