Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Body positioning and muscle balance:

 Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD) is a multi-factoral condition consisting of some or all of these components:  Joint subluxations, body positioning, muscle imbalance, neurologic interference, nutritional considerations, occlusion, and psychosocial/psychosomatic characteristics.

Let's take body positioning and muscle balance into consideration on this post.

Where ever the head is in space, the jaw follows, hanging from the skull by gravity and muscle tension.

Research unequivically shows that precise and complex balance of the head and neck muscles must exist to maintain proper head and TMJ position. To understand the effects the muscles have on each other and their bony attachments, know that there are many, many pairs of muscles that are work together from the head/cranium, neck, and shoulder girdle in stabilizing or moving the TMjoints. These muscle attachments on the bones are cranio-mandibular, cranio-vertebral, mandibulo-hyoid, and hyoclavicular-thorasic. This is a highly coordinated, complex neuro-muscular event to synchronize the muscular-pulley type system of stabilization and movement of cranium and jaw.

Each of the major muscles acts like an elastic band. The tension provided must precisely contribute to the balance that maintains the desired head position. If one elastic band stretches, breaks, or is permanantly contracted by scar tissue, the balance of the entire system is disrupted and the head position is altered. When one is compromised, another can compensate, causing abnormal movement patterns. To fully assess the cause of the TMJ dysfunction, all associated structures must be evaluated, above and below the jaw.

The correlation between primary TMJD and the cervical spine dysfunction is well documented in the research. And therefore, the neck/cervical spine must be addressed in evaluation and treatment protocols of TMJD.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Victim of TMJ pain?  No more!

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction is a multi-factoral condition consisting of some or all of these components:  Joint subluxations, body positioning, muscle imbalance, neurologic interference, nutritional considerations, occlusion, and psychosocial/psychosomatic characteristics.

Unless all of these contributing aspects are addressed at the same time, resolution is fleeting.

The TMJ Therapy addresses all aspects at the same time, empowering you with knowledge and solutions to address what you have control over. 

Lets take joint subluxation into consideration on this post.

Research states that subluxation (or misalignment) of the TMjoint is fairly frequent.
Subluxation can produce symptoms you are experiencing: clicking/popping, pain, limited movement, etc.  Subluxations is the speciality of Chiropractors.

Chiropractic care is a systems-based, whole-person approach to health care.  It incorporates the recognition that all aspects of the body are interrelated and interdependent and that organisms have powerful self-healing mechanisms. The primary aim of chiropractic health care is to support and, when possible, improve the natural functions and processes inherent to life. This is accomplished through manual procedures including mobilization and manipulation (4), or adjustments, using their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, specific, high velocity thrust, with a low level force to a joint that has abnormal movement patterns, fail to function normally, are hypermobile or hypomobile, or dyskinetic (also called a subluxation) (4). The goal of the chiropractic adjustment is to reduce the subluxation and correct structural alignment, improving musculoskeletal joint range of motion, the body's physical ability to function, while decreasing nerve irritability.(5)  Often DCs incorporate physiotherapy modalities and procedures, lifestyle counseling, nutritional advice and supplements, and other measures. (3)

A joint can become subluxated and malfunctional as a kinesiopathogical joint lesion (usually hypomobility) that develops as a consequence of:  Micro and/or macro traumatic causing tissue injury and the associated inflammatory response; degenerative changes in muscular and connective tissues, decreased descending inhibitory pathway activity due to aberrant psychological states; dysafferentation (i.e., increased nociception and decreased mechanoreception which can be caused by some or all of the above. (14)

"You mean it's TMD???"

When you've gotten so many diagnosis from so many specialist, and the 'band aid' symptom relievers are piling up with no resolution...

Time to quit covering up the symptoms, and unravel the cause.  That takes time, and effort.
Effort on the part of the practitioner AND the symptom sufferer.  Are you ready to work a little and never have to experience / fall victim to these debilitating symptoms?

With relatively little cost and time, the solution is as close as your next bite of bagel!

The TMJ Therapy is the solution!  Created to get to and eliminate the root cause of the problem.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Right to the source of pain and dysfunction

James H.
San Bruno, CA

5.0 star rating 10/19/2016

For decades I've had this nagging discomfort on my traps where the muscle keeps pulling and tugging and have seen four chiropractors and countless massage therapists to address it with mixed results.   Dr Bensen did some deep work to break down the scar tissue and give the area a chance to heal.  After two excruciating sessions, the discomfort has disappeared!!!!!   I'll take 10 min of the most intense pain I've felt in my life for long term relief - no need for pain patches, massage, or adjustments any more !!  Dr Bensen has a deep and functional understanding of the body and gets right to the source to address it and nips the pain in the bud within a few sessions vs others who try to hook you into coming forever. Thank you Dr Bensen for my new pain free life!!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

More of Patient's recommendations

  • Amy W.
  • Los Gatos, CA
I had problems with my hearing (for which my ENT specialist was no help), headaches and pain in my face, jaw, and neck . . . thankfully, I was referred to Dr. Bensen!  She recognized that my symptoms stemmed from problems with the TM Joint. After just a few sessions, I'm feeling WAY better, I'm much more conscious of when I clench my jaw, my headaches are pretty much gone, and I have several new (better) habits!  Dr. Bensen has a great personality, which just makes it all even more pleasant.  I highly recommend her.

Dana S.
Campbell, CA 
I suffered from TMJ for 17 years! As an adult it got much worse with long dental appointments and the stress of life.
A year before seeing Dr. Bensen, I had Botox to relieve  the pain of my TMJ. Pain that went down my back and arms! Botox worked for about 8 months but when it wore off I was in dying pain!!! My dentist Dr. Aida Galan did the Botox but would not do it again as she had just discovered a new way, Dr. Bensen's way!
When I saw Dr. Bensen for the first time I was in tears with pain. Really I was crying. She gave me an evaluation that Saturday and followed with a treatment later that same day.
A month later.. Ive seen her twice a week and I can say I am 80% better! I was in super bad shape before. She has taught me how I am throwing my body off, how to fix it and has given me treatments that have aided in getting normal and healthy. Many of her treatments are not fun (actually a bit painful massaging) But the most affective treatment I have ever had from a doctor!

Monday, April 27, 2015

A Patients Remarks

"I think Dr. Kimberly Bensen is a genius, who can fix theTMJ problems when no one else even has any clue of what is wrong.  She is also very kind to spend tine after the treatment showing me the correct posture, the right nutrition and stress management to eradicate the root cause of my problem and to make sure I stay well. Dr. Bensen is a real TMJ expert who delivers results.

I had ear pain, jaw pain and headaches.  I could not brush my teeth without pain or bleeding of my cheek, the tooth brush could not reach my molars (because the jaw wouldn't open enough) and my hearing loss got worse.  When I tried to massage my cheek, it got swollen. I had gone to countless ENT doctors, audiologist, neurologists, internist, and even acupuncturist and a chiropractor.  No one could help me, because no one could find anything wrong.

Recently a friend referred me to his dentist.  I rushed to the doctor, even though I was shocked to learn that a jaw problem might have something to do with a dentist.  After he examined me, the dentist concluded that my problem was too complicated and beyond his ability.  So,, he calle dup his orthodontist friend, who could not help me either, but referred me to dr. Bensen.

Dr. Bensen thoroughly examined me and make some adjustments.  I felt a lot better that day.  after my third treatment, I could brush my teeth with ease, no longer biting on my cheek or tongue.  The ringing in my ears was gone and the number of headaches reduced.  I could not believe it.  Just a few clicks with her activator?  It was magical to me.

Thanks to Dr. Bensen's treatments and education, with better habits, nutrition and more awareness of my jaw position and my posture, I am join envy my hearing will improve in the future."

Susan W.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tingling Tongue

Tingling tongue? Tongue incompetence (doesn't do what you intended-slurring words) 
Burning on top of palate in mouth? 
Numbness in lower lip and skin of the chin?
Pain in the bottom molars without tooth problems?

These symptoms can attributed to TMD. (Temporal Mandibular Disorder)

The nerve that supplies these sensations can be compressed or pinched due to the relationship of where they lay and the mandible's condyle.  An anterior and medially displaced disc of the ™J is likely to interfere with these nerves during movement of the condyle of the jaw.

If it is caused by TMD these symptoms, and ones like these, can be successfully and quickly resolved with The TMJ Therapy.