Fascial Counterstrain Treatment
Fascial Counterstrain is a whole body, multi system approach to pain and dysfunction. We are essentially working with and not fighting the nervous system. A thorough examination investigates all the anatomy in the TMJ complex (cranial/cervical/mandibular complex) such as tendons, ligaments, nerves, circulatory vessels, muscles, joint capsules, and even bones. Using the Counterstrain cranial scan, a skilled practitioner will assess these structures within the TMJ complex as well as throughout the body. Once the primary system and location is identified, diagnostic tenderpoints, are found to confirm the exact anatomical structure that is in dysfunction causing the area to be inflamed and hypertonic/restricted. Treating the the tenderpoint is done by a precise glide and/or positioning of the body to literally “reset” the reflex that is holding the tissue in a protective state. These protective reflexes are caused by trauma such as injury or inflammation and can be found in any anatomical structure.
Below are some examples of common findings when treating TMD with Counterstrain:
The TMJ capsules can be dysfunctional secondary to spasm of spinal ligaments in the neck.
Each temporal bone may be literally twisted differently on each side causing an imbalance in the position of the mandibular fossa producing abnormal TMJ mechanics.
Limited blood flow from arterial dysfunction can impair healing around the TMJ.
Reflexive dysfunction in nerves such as the trigeminal nerve (mandibular branch controls muscles of mastication) and facial nerve (providing sensory feedback from the face) are often involved in TMD.
Venous/lymphatic dysfunction is common with those who have chronic TMD. Sometimes it is necessary to treat the lymphatic duct, which is in the thorax, to help drain the jaw complex. The epidural veins in the spine may need treatment, which will improve drainage of the entire cranium, thereby helping alleviate maxillary sinus pressure.
Restoring balance in the autonomic nervous system is necessary to take someone out of sympathetic dystrophy, which is common in patients who are in chronic pain/dysfunction.
A complex joint dysfunction requires a treatment approach that is capable of addressing the complexity of multi system involvement. Working with a skilled Fascial Counterstrain practitioner is therefore vital to understanding and resolving the puzzle of TMJ dysfunction.