Yes, I've had it done by a neuromuscular osteopath. It helps for a while. However, it will not cure it (you probably know this already) and the tension or pain will come back soon after. If you could afford to consistently have it done a few times a week it would be great, though.
I did it for a year twice a week as my insurance covered it 80%. I went to a cranial sacralist. If you have body torqueing issues like muscle twitching, jerking or spasms, body pain, head and neck pain -etc it does help those ease up and not be as severe or as chronic but as Maxwell pointed out unless you keep doing it it all comes back unless you are doing it in conjunction with with other treatments to actually address the tmj issue -as this does not cure or fix tmj (it only addresses the fascia and cranial sacral fluid of the brain) but is just a therapy that will allow your body to better deal or cope with it. I found also after a year I wasn't getting the same benefits or results as I had when I first started but this is true of most alternative treatments and therapies and even my tmj dr said this is quite common for one to have to "progress" from one treatment and therapist to another to further advance the recovery process.
Oh, and I should mention also that not all therapists are the same - about a year after I stopped seeing the first sacralist I found someone closer to home and went to them for 4 weeks and not only did I not get the same results I actually dreaded going to them - some are more into restoring or nurturing "mind and body balance and harmony" and others do it more for physical therapeutic reasons so find one that does the latter.
Last edited by Thelma-Louise; 06-05-2009 at 08:44 AM.
The TMJ specialist I am starting with encourages alternative methods in addition to his treatments. Craniosacral, massage, chiro. I already go for massage and chiro. So, it is nice to have opinions about other methods before trying them out. Thanks!!
Oh, and I tried acupuncture as well (with some odd reactions, I had tremours running through my shoulder and up into my head, to the point where I couldn't hold still. At times it will start during massage as well, but I always point it out and she works on that area again).
Oh, what a journey it has been! But it is very relieving to finally have some answers.
i wasn't keen on acupuncture myself - didn't see any benefits from it and the needles hurt as well but I have done the chiro (on my 3rd type now), cranial sacral therapy and physical therapy as well. It generally doesn't hurt to try something the dentist thinks may be of benefit to your treatment or overall recovery but if one doesn't realize any improvements during while undergoing such it just may mean its not the right treatment or therapy for them or their problem or the therapist is not as affective as others in the same filed or specialty.
i get craniosacral therapy every three weeks. it started out as at least weekly if not more often. it feels nice while it is taking place, but i find it to have no lasting effects. but i do continue the therapy...don't ask me why. i wouldn't expect ct to be your solution. sorry