The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is a hinge like joint that moves the your jaw up and down. This is an important function that allows you to chew, talk and often times breathe. What supports the jaw and allows it to move up and down are skeletal muscles. In fact, the primary use of all skeletal muscles is to move bones.
The initials TMJ have become synonymous with anyone at anytime having jaw pain, but many times jaw pain is not coming from your TMJ. There are a host of other things other than a problem in either your left or right jaw joint (TMJ) that can give you pain and discomfort.
The most common problem are tight masseter muscles, followed by tight temporalis muscles. Everyone has two macerater muscles, one in either cheek and two temporals muscles on the outside of your head. The masseter is a very powerful muscle, in fact it is one of the most powerful muscles in the body. This muscle, like every other muscle in your body could become sore, fatigues or develop trigger points. Do to the location, density and use of the masseters any tightness will most likely cause pain.
I am writing this today because I had this very issue with a patient this morning. She had a very tight, sore and slowly moving jaw. A careful analysis revealed her masseters are very tight and needed some soft tissue work.
So if you ever develop a problem with your “jaw”, don’t always assume TMJ. It may be TMJ, or it may be something else. Get it checked out by a competent professional who may offer you a simple solution. ~Dr G.
Back in January of 2006 I visited the manufacture of the DRX9000 to see if it was all it claimed to be. After a day at the factory I believed it would help my patients and make a difference in the life of people suffering with chronic low back pain, sciatica or low back disc issues. I spent a month training on how to effectively use the technology and in February of 2006 my new DRX9000 was delivered to my office.
Over the past 10+ years I have seen countless patients who once suffered with aliments that were now helped with the DRX9000. It is important as the doctor who will be treating their back that I do a comprehensive evaluation, review any paperwork and give them a precise & accurate prognosis on their condition as well as what they can expect with treatment. Unfortunately at times I have to tell people that I don’t believe I can help them, but more times than not I give them hope. It is vital for patients to understand their condition and understand how they will heal, when they will heal and what they should experience while healing.
It’s now 2016, not so long ago this was new technology. Over those 10 years I have seen the DRX9000 originally called “experimental treatment” to now receiving referrals from MD’s to even treating MD’s who suffer with chronic low back pain, sciatica or low back disc issues, as well as helping hundreds of patients who once thought their pain was never going to go away.