Written by: Dr. Jesse Ritter
What is up! Its been a while since I’ve posted on here. I wanted to talk about something interesting that I did today that has to do with my drive to practice what I preach.
I treat a lot of patients with TMD issues, jaw joint pain, muscle soreness, headaches and things like that. I adjust their bite, make night guards etc. Sometimes I use restorative dentistry to help people.
Just two weeks ago I met a group. A man named Kyle from Lynch Physical Therapy stopped by my office.He just opened a TMD focused practice, just about five minutes up the road from me. He met my front desk who connected us. So I decided to check out the practice. I got a chance to meet, not only Kyle, but Ryan, who is the owner of the other, original location.
And so I got to talking to them about my own TMJ issues. They seemed very knowledgable and I loved their vibe so I decided to set up an appointment for myself. They did a very thorough evaluation. And I think we were all in agreement that really a lot of the discomfort that I have is muscular. And that's really the case for most people - that their TMD pain is attributed to muscle.
And so they did their first treatment with me which was dry needling. I was apprehensive at first. I've never had dry needling done before.They mainly treated my traps and my masseters. They stick these tiny little needles into your muscle, and it feels like fireworks going off. Or like that bubble wrap packaging popping.
Basically I just wanted to share this experience with you guys. I'm super-sore right now, and apparently, that's normal. The bigger the muscle release, the more sore you're gonna be.
These needles go into your muscle and take muscle that was all bound up and tight, and stuck together. And it just breaks it up almost instantaneously. I'm really curious to see how I feel over the coming next couple of days. I'm going back next week for some more treatment, and I'm gonna keep rollin'.
TMD treatment is a multifaceted thing. It's usually not as simple as just fixing the teeth or just adjusting the teeth, or just treating the muscles. A lot of times, it's a combination of things that ends up being a solution.
So even chiropractors getting things in alignment, getting joints moving properly, and gettin muscles functioning the way they should.The combination of that and having your teeth restored, or your teeth set up in a way that it works It's all different pieces of the puzzle that come together to help a person be comfortable and healthy. Which is fantastic!
Well if you have any questions, or issues, or you struggle with TMD pain, or muscle pain headaches yourself, and you wanna shoot me any questions, feel free to private message me or comment here.
Again, I'm always looking for future topics to talk about. So I'd love to hear your suggestions on that.
And I think that's it for today. Till next time!