Craniosacral Therapy for the Temporo Mandibular Joint Syndrome

Terapia Cráneo-Sacral en el Síndrome de la Artículación Temporomandibular

You have probably heard about the Temporo Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome more than once, but maybe you don’t have a clear idea of what it is.

When we talk about the Temporo Mandibular Joint Syndrome, we are talking about a number of alterations which appear in the TMJ area. This is where the jaw joins the temporal bone by means of the mandibular condyle, between these two bones there is a joint meniscus that prevents friction between them.

When this area is worn, the muscles, such as masseter, or dental pieces become over stimulated. The problem is that this over stimulation might greatly affect the trigeminal nerve, which could have a negative effect on our sleep.

The following are some of the symptoms that could appear when this happens:

  • earache
  • jaw pain
  • dizziness
  • pain in the face

Depending on the symptoms, we will need to see a certain specialist or another, to get a clear diagnosis that will determine whether or not we are suffering from Temporo Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome, or if these symptoms are actually related to a different disorder.

How can Craniosacral Therapy help in cases of Temporo Mandibular Joint Syndrome?

Craniosacral Therapy can help in many disorders, among which is TMJ Syndrome.

Usually, the procedure involves carrying out a global assessment of the patient’s Craniosacral System, as well as the Musculoskeletal System. They are analysed separately but also in terms of their interaction and what kind of restrictions they are putting on the body.

In these cases, it is also necessary to assess the Masticatory System, where there are muscles directly and indirectly linked to this nerve.

The treatment of TMJ Syndrome involves small intra-buccal manipulations, which, little by little, help to decompress the area and therefore provide great relief to the patient, who has suffered rigidity in that area for some time.

Craniosacral Therapy can also help when the TMJ Syndrome is caused by emotional problems. The therapist, using the Somato-Emotional Release technique, helps the patient to gradually release their stress and, as a consequence, their body also becomes freer and less rigid.

As you can see, Craniosacral Therapy can be highly beneficial in cases of Temporo Mandibular Joint Syndrome. The therapist will tell you how often you need to have your therapy sessions in order to notice its results.