Do you suffer from TMJ Syndrome?
Does TMJ give you pain?
Have you spent a forture trying to get relief?
Do you know hypnotherapy really helps in the treatment of TMJ fast?
As a clinical hypnotherapist and medical hypnotist I have helped many patients overcome TMJ. I was also trained in physical manipulation of the body and the head so I have an acute understanding of joint mechanism as a naturopath.
What is TMJ?
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) is when your jaw becomes misaligned to the extent it causes you great deal of pain and even teeth grinding. It can be recent (acute) or a long-term chronic TMJ problem.
In extreme cases the jaw clenching both at night and during the day may have led to loss of teeth and even bone erosion and damage.
It also leads to pain in the neck, face, shoulder and back because the of the extreme misalignment of the spine that takes place.
What causes TMJ?
It has various causes including a pronounced overbite, underbite, the result of impact trauma from an accident or fall, loss of muscular or neurological control due a degenerative nerve or bone condition.
For some people they may have a neuromuscular disorder where the correct response for muscular activation fails to take place. There may be a failure in hormonal or enzyme production so the muscles don’t get the correct message to relax.
It may be due to congenital bone deformation where your scull and jaw bones did not form properly in the womb or during growing up.
Drug addiction or the side-affects from prescribed anti-psychotic drugs can lead can lead to muscle spastication, torticollis (tilting of the head) and tardive dyskinesia (jerking of the head, shoulders and generally upper body).
TMJ is also common in long-term users of medications prescribed for AHDH like Retalin or Dexedrine because they cause tenseness in the muscles and anxiety.
The most common cause however is stress and tension. You may be aware of that over active tension in your muscles or not. For some people you might think you’re a relaxed person but your stress is high in your jaw area causing misalignment and pain.
Options for TMJ
You may have been sold a dental night guarded for thousands of dollars by your dentist and it has not solved the problem.
Sometimes you are referred to your GP who might prescribed antidepressant, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory drugs or even steroid injection.
You might even have been talked into surgery that at times might be appropriate for jaw realignment and at times ill-advised, inappropriately and did not work.
How your muscles remember
The body develops and retains muscle memory in every part of your body. Some of the muscle movements are innate (you were born with them) and they are programmed by your DNA. They are involuntary.
Muscle memory in the voluntary muscle system is learned and programed by experience. For instant each time you tried to learn to wild your muscle learned the best way to coordinate your movement. Your brain coordinated those successful movements to come one after the other so you could walk.
Your body also remembers defensive movements like withdrawing when your foot stands on a nail, moving away fast in response to danger, stepping away for loud noisy people. This is called a reflex reaction and is part of the fight or flight response to danger.
The problem is sometimes your body becomes confused and learns harmful muscular patens. It might have been appropriate to tense up and withdraw from perceived danger once or twice but it became filed under your standard response to situations. In these cases your muscles remain in the tense state, particularly in the jaw area causing TMJ syndrome.
How hypnosis can help TMJ
Whatever your cause of TMJ a great ability to relax the muscles can help relieve the pain.
In hypnotherapy we can make suggestions to and negotiate with your unconscious mind that files away those automatic muscular actions and reactions.
What this does is move your conscious mind out for the way, which is where many of your defensive mechanism reside, and talk to your unconscious mind.
This enables you to reprogram your automatic muscular actions and reaction specially in the jaw and other areas. And it can happen fast.
Since I am also a clinical naturopath, I am also going to look at what is happening with your body. So, we are coming to the TMJ relief from both a physical and mind programming approach. It a basic hardware and software approach or mind and body solutions.
Book your appointment to get help with TMJ syndrome with Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH by calling 0403 398 808.