The TMJ Healing Plan: Ten Steps to Relieving Persistent Jaw, Neck and Head Pain

The TMJ Healing Plan: Ten Steps to Relieving Persistent Jaw, Neck and Head Pain

by Cynthia Peterson
     
 

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One in 25 of us suffer from symptoms of what is usually called TMJ but can also be termed TMD, TMJD, or orofacial or craniofacial pain. These symptoms can include headaches; painful jaw joints; difficulty opening or closing the mouth; clicking or locking jaws; ear pain, stuffiness, or ringing; neck, shoulder, or facial pain; tooth grinding or clenching; and morning

Overview

One in 25 of us suffer from symptoms of what is usually called TMJ but can also be termed TMD, TMJD, or orofacial or craniofacial pain. These symptoms can include headaches; painful jaw joints; difficulty opening or closing the mouth; clicking or locking jaws; ear pain, stuffiness, or ringing; neck, shoulder, or facial pain; tooth grinding or clenching; and morning jaw aches.

Though these complaints are common, the average sufferer sees numerous doctors and undergoes several treatments, often with little relief. While there is no one-size-fits-all remedy, this book offers safe, proven tools you can begin using right away to improve your condition.

Drawing on her practice as a physical therapist; training in head, neck and jaw pain; and work with dental and medical experts, Cynthia Peterson has developed a 10-step plan that addresses the causes and contributing factors of TMJ disorders. Her simple exercises allow you to replace hurtful habits with the healthy ones necessary for long-term relief. You learn to

lighten the load on your jaw

correct your posture as you stand, sit and sleep

breathe and swallow properly

reduce stress and exercise with ease

save money by avoiding or reducing costly treatments

Photos and illustrations make the instructions easy-to-follow, while the success stories of fellow sufferers offer encouragement. With information on getting medical care and choosing specialists, the special needs of children and young adults, and guidelines for preventing recurrences, this comprehensive resource empowers you to begin healing today.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jaw bone (mandible) to the skull; there are TMJs on either side of the head in front of each ear, and these joints—along with their attached and proximal structures (muscles, nerves, connective tissues, and teeth)—are among the most complex joints of the human body because they must work in unison while both rotating and sliding to allow one to talk, chew, swallow, and make facial expressions. Challenging to diagnose and manage, TMJ disorders can be present with very different underlying conditions. Physical therapist Peterson has developed a well-researched, ten-step program aimed at empowering patients with TMJ disorders. Readers get coverage of TMJ anatomy and the wear and tear of its cartilage; nerve and bone components; ending hurtful habits; jaw abuse; the importance of posture and breathing (as well as correct positions for lips, tongue, and teeth); how to choose a TMJ specialist; and an action plan with a checklist for developing healthful TMJ exercises and hygiene. VERDICT This TMJ self-help resource provides options and guidelines to alleviate and treat symptoms related to jaw, head, and neck disorders. A good choice for sufferers.—James Swanton, Harlem Hosp. Lib., NY
From the Publisher
This TMJ self-help resource provides options and guidelines to alleviate and treat symptoms related to jaw, head, and neck disorders. A good choice for sufferers. — Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897935241
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Series:
Positive Options for Health Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
422,328
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Sandquist Peterson, PT, is the educational director at Canyon Rim Physical Therapy which specializes in treating head, neck and jaw disorders. She currently lives and practices in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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