I was fortunate to take a course on tempromandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction this past weekend. The more I learn from other experienced clinicians and the more I practice, I keep coming back to the notion that everything in the body is connected. It is a rare person who just has a problem with their TMJ. Isolated treatment to 1 joint may partially solve the problem or reduce symptoms. More effective treatment is about treating the system. Jaw, ear, head, neck, upper back, lower back, pelvis and feet— they are all connected. To optimize the system, you need to address how the part interact with each other dynamically throughout the day. I use lots of tools to do this— integrated movement activities, manual therapy, functional training and much more. Each person is unique and each treatment should be unique as well. — Lisa Eaton, DPT, OCS
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