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Temporomandibular Disorder

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw.

What Causes TMD?

The cause of TMD is not clear, but dentists believe that symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of the jaw or with the parts of the joint itself.

Injury to the jaw, temporomandibular joint (TMJ), or muscles of the head and neck – such as from a heavy blow or whiplash – can cause TMD. Other possible causes include:

-Grinding or clenching the teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the TMJ
-Dislocation of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket
-Presence of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ
-Stress, which can cause a person to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth

Common symptoms of TMD include:

-Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
-Limited ability to open the mouth very wide
-Jaws that get "stuck" or "lock" in the open- or closed-mouth position
-Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth (which may or may not be accompanied by pain) or chewing
-A tired feeling in the face
-Difficulty chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite – as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly
-Swelling on the side of the face
-May occur on one or both sides of the face
-Other common symptoms of TMD include toothaches, headaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears (tinnitis).

Osteopathic treatment for TMD:

An osteopath will aim to provide symptomatic relief of pain in the related structures of the jaw, head, neck, back & shoulders. This may allow for reflex relaxation of the jaw to settle symptoms of jaw pain and may also assist with a better nights sleep. Various osteopathic techniques help to restore normal muscular function without the use of drugs, splints or surgery.

How to improve Posture

Poor posture can cause a range problems including back pain, spinal problems, poor circulation, joint degeneration and rounded shoulders.

Good posture results from structural alignment of the body, like a tower of bricks, where the weight of the block above is transferred directly to the one below. Support is provided by the bones and ligaments with minimal energy wastage.

However, posture changes throughout life and develops from environmental factors, habits and trauma. Living in the modern world, sitting at desks and using computers for extended periods brings our bodies out of alignment,

Postural examination is a fundamental part of the osteopathic examination carried out in our clinics. Why not make an appointment today?

With our heads carried forward, shoulders hunched and backs flexed. The body can no longer be held upright by its own alignment - the tower of bricks begins to topple forward. Muscles need to hold the body upright. That takes energy and produces waste products such as lactic acid and directs blood away from the vital organs to the muscles keeping you vertical. This leads to postural fatigue. The body tries to compensate by laying down connective tissue. Stiffness and restricted joint movement are the result. The spine loses its shock absorbing ability and there is a greater risk of joint degeneration and arthritis. Eventually the bones and joint surfaces re-model and the postural changes become largely fixed. Osteopathy can help with these problems.

Good posture is the foundation of good health. Whatever stage your body is at, osteopathy can improve your posture and mobility. When the body is in good alignment, the muscles are relaxed and the joints free. Massage, manipulation, mobilisation and exercise therapy can help improve posture right into old age. Correcting strains in children and teenagers can help prevent them from developing poor posture in later life. Work related postural problems can be helped and sporting performance improved.


Strategies that will help reduce your risk of Heart Disease

10 strategies that will help reduce your risk of heart disease:

1.Replace processed foods (which are loaded with refined sugar and carbohydrates, processed fructose, and trans fat—all of which promote heart disease) with whole, unprocessed or minimally processed foods, ideally organic and/or locally grown.

2.Avoid meats and other animal products such as dairy and eggs sourced from animals raised in confined animal feeding operations. Instead, opt for grass-fed, pastured varieties, raised according to organic standards.

3.Eliminate no-fat and low-fat foods, and increase consumption of healthy fats. Half of the population suffers with insulin resistance and would benefit from consuming 50-85 percent of their daily calories from healthy saturated fats, such as avocados, butter made from raw grass-fed organic milk, raw dairy, organic pastured egg yolks, coconuts and coconut oil, unheated organic nut oils, raw nuts, and grass-fed meats. No- or low-fat foods are usually processed foods that are high in sugar, which raises your small, dense LDL particles.
Balancing your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio is also key for heart health, as these fatty acids help build the cells in your arteries that make the prostacyclin that keeps your blood flowing smoothly. Omega-3 deficiency can cause or contribute to very serious health problems, both mental and physical, and may be a significant underlying factor for premature deaths each year.

4.You also need the appropriate ratios of calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium, and all of these are generally abundant in a whole food diet. To get more fresh vegetables into your diet, consider juicing.

5.Optimize your vitamin D level. Optimizing your vitamin D level through regular sun exposure, as opposed to taking an oral supplement, may be key to optimizing your heart health. If you do opt for a supplement, you also increase your need for vitamin K2.

6.Optimize your gut health. Regularly eating fermented foods, such as fermented vegetables, will help reseed your gut with beneficial bacteria that may play an important role in preventing heart disease and countless other health problems.

7.Quit smoking and reduce your alcohol consumption.

8.Exercise regularly. Exercise is actually one of the safest, most effective ways to prevent and treat heart disease. High-intensity interval training, which requires but a fraction of the time compared to conventional cardio, has been shown to be especially effective.

9.Pay attention to your oral health. There's convincing evidence linking the state of your teeth and gums to a variety of health issues, including heart disease.

10.Avoid statins, as the side effects of these drugs are numerous, while the benefits are debatable. The only group of people who may benefit from a cholesterol-lowering medication are those with genetic familial hypercholesterolemia. This is a condition characterized by abnormally high cholesterol, which tends to be resistant to lowering with lifestyle strategies like diet and exercise.


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