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    Old 11-01-2019, 02:03 PM   #1
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    TMJ neuromuscular success?

    I have had a very tight jaw my whole life with a bad bruxing/clenching issue during sleep. While the jaw pain can be really bad sometimes, my most frustrating symptom is tinnitus. I've always had a mild ringing, but it's gotten worse the last couple of years.

    I went to a jaw specialist that looked at my TMJ and said my discs look great and concluded it was a muscle tension issue and recommended a soft food diet. While this decreases the pain somewhat, the tension is constant.

    I found an LVI dentist and a GNM dentist here in Utah and visited both. They both concluded my bite was off and recommended the splint to be worn 24/7 for a couple years. At 4k and 7k respectively, it's not something I want to jump into without a decent confidence it could be successful.

    I found some other posts from several years back, but I know technology is always changing, so I wanted to see if anyone has any recent feedback on their success or otherwise. I'm especially interested if anyone has successfully reduced their TMJ related tinnitus from splint treatment.

     
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    Old 11-02-2019, 08:53 AM   #2
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    Re: TMJ neuromuscular success?

    Hi bartlebyboo,

    I find it important to also make sure I am standing straight and that my head is not hanging forward. You might want to get evaluated by a psychical therapists and/or a good chiropractor. Fixing the jaw won't resolve a problem unless the rest of our body and posture is straight and healthy. Another issue is one of my legs is a little shorter than the other so I need a list in my shoe. I like to go barefoot but really that throws my jaw off and causes neck and head issues. These are things to consider. Dealing with the bite by itself won't resolve all possible contributors to the problem.

     
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    Old 11-02-2019, 09:06 AM   #3
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    Re: TMJ neuromuscular success?

    Thanks TreeFrog,

    That's actually something I've been wondering about too. My posture is horrible - head forward, rounded upper back and exaggerated lumbar arch. So I'm wondering if it's a chicken or the egg kind of situation. Based on everything I'm reading it says the dysfunction in the jaw and tight muscles will lead to tight SCM muscles pulling the head forward, which causes strain on the back of the neck and then the rest of the body starts to compensate. I've tried to work on my posture for years, but nothing seems to help. I was actually hoping alleviating the pressure on my jaw would relax the muscles so my posture could hopefully relax.

    Thanks for the input.

     
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    Old 11-02-2019, 09:40 AM   #4
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    Re: TMJ neuromuscular success?

    I think it may be partly genetic or poor posture, but that doesn't mean there is nothing we can do to correct the situation. I believe the issue starts with the lower back and posture. Don't wear shoes with run down heels, for example.
    Shoes and boots with heels that are too high throw the lower body out of place.

    Rather than to allow manipulations of my jaw or neck, first I would see a chiropractor and/or get physical therapy to help me stand straighter and use a back and/or shoulder brace. Our bodies have natural weak spots and genetic propensities but those can usually be changed or corrected. We cannot fix jaw alignment without fixing the other issues. Often fixing the other issues gets the jaw back in line naturally. In my experience a jaw brace does nothing at all to resolve lower back issues.

    Here is reliable info -
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/multimedia/back-pain/sls-20076817

     
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