The Case of the Crazy Commitment

When I meet with new patients in our office, I have lots and lots of information that I give them to help them understand their TMJ and sleep problems. One of the biggest things we talk about is commitment. Yes, that’s right, when you come to my office you have to commit to the treatment regimen or it simply will... read more »

Why Myofunctional Therapy

Myofunctional therapy is a program of specific exercises that target the facial muscles. The exercised-based therapy focuses on the mouth, tongue, and face muscles. These exercises are designed to develop, improve, and promote proper breathing, chewing, and swallowing. These exercises do strengthen the tongue. Below are frontal and side views of good normal growth and development of the orofacial structures.... read more »

Home Remedies and Treatments to Help With TMJ Disorders

So many people in this world suffer from displaced discs in their jaw joints and have a hard enough time going about their daily lives that it’s time to give a little more perspective on what can be done to make their lives easier. One of the most helpful tools in dealing with TMJ disorders is so simple yet can... read more »

The Case of the Serious Side Effects

So, let’s talk (well, it’s me doing most of the talking) about the side effects of TMJ disorders. You, dear readers, already know about the problem of having displaced discs in the TM joints and how this can cause terrible pain in the body. I’ll bet you didn’t know that this can directly correlate to disease processes like cardiovascular disease... read more »

Non-Surgical Diagnosis and Management of Head and Neck Pain

- It is unfortunate that so many people suffer the pain of headaches along with neck and back pain, but there are ways to manage. The first step is diagnosis- i.e., figure out what is really going on. For so many people, craniofacial pain is a real problem. If the discs in the jaw joints are displaced this can be... read more »

The Case of the Really Rogue Review

- When we survey our patients, generally we find that 90% or more are doing better, however, that last 10% is what makes our day sometimes very difficult. You see folks, as most people know, the unhappy person is the one who makes the most noise. As they say, the squeaky wheel is the one that gets the grease- or... read more »

The Case of the Mismanaged and the Misinformed

- Just this past week, I have had a handful of new patients come to the practice seeking a 2nd opinion. The conclusion amazingly was either mismanaged and/or misinformed! The first part of the misinformation begins with the diagnosis phase. An MRI was never done to check the status of the articular discs. This is a very basic and a... read more »

The Case of the Bowling Ball Head

- Over the many years of interest and training in physical therapy with a bit of osteopathy, I have come across an interesting term: Bowling Ball Head. This term originates out of the fact that so many of us have Forward Head Posture (FHP). FHP comes from leaning over our computer all day and not maintaining a good sitting or... read more »

The Case of the Grandiose Grinder AKA “Crazy Clencher”

- So many of my new patients tell me they ‘clench like crazy’ or grind their teeth like there is no tomorrow. There are several reasons why a person might clench or grind their teeth. Let’s get into a few of them. Some of the more recent research indicates that more than half the time a person will grind/clench in... read more »

The Case of the Direction with Dystonia

To be honest, no one knows everything there is to know about dystonia- what causes it, how to diagnose it, how to treat it. There is so much speculation that we could go on for hours discussing all the various issues. However, there is one thing that I can say I have observed for sure. In almost every case- that’s... read more »