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TMJ: Pain Patterns, Causes, Self-Care

This is a collection of posts about trigger points that refer from the muscles of the Temporomandibular Joint. The TMJ is complex and treatment can be complex.

The posts on trigger point patterns and self-care are based on clinical research and experience. They offer practical self-care that is simple, effective and easily implemented for most people.

The therapy posts are from two different courses. The Workbook of Classical Neuromuscular Therapy was an extensive advanced course in TMJ treatment. Integrative Craniosacral Therapy took that work to the next level. Once the two were integrated, TMJ work became less painful, easier for the therapist and more effective for the client.

The original post are included here and are going under revision to include the new format and craniostrucutral techniques.

Remember that people usually feel only a portion of the pattern. Also, people usually feel the portion in darkest red but some only complain of the areas in lighter red.

These posts include:

  • Trigger point patterns and how people describe the pain
  • How you activate and intensify the pain pattern
  • Self-care to show you how to get quick relief on your own
  • Stretches and exercises that provide longer-lasting relief
  • Brief anatomy review of the involved muscle
  • Yoga poses that open this muscle
  • Treatment notes for therapists

Note that we are in the process of converting these posts into a more informative and accessible format. Thank you for your patience.

This website is being revised and some posts have not yet been converted to the newer images and formats.

This site is undergoing changes. Starting in early 2020, we began changing the format of the posts to include more extensive self-care, illustrations, therapist notes, anatomy, and protocols. We appreciate your input and feedback. You will see us adding posts and updating older posts as time permits.

Weekly Featured Post

Is the pain from
degenerative discs or
trigger points in the muscle?

This post discusses the differences in pain from disc problems and pain from trigger points. Who should you see to help with your pain?

Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia where he sees clients. He has written and taught about anatomy, trigger points, and cranial therapies since the mid-90s.

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*This site is undergoing major changes. We are reformatting and expanding the posts to make it easier to read, more accessible, and
to include more patterns with better self-care. In the meanwhile, there will be inconsistency in formatting, content, and readability until we get the old posts updated. Please excuse our mess.


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