The dysfunctions of the temporomandibular joint

THE DYSFUNCTIONS OF THE TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT (TMJ) referred to as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), are characterized by aching pain in and around the ear, bruxism, difficulty opening and closing the mouth, « click » sound when opening it, neuralgia of the face, headaches, neck pain…

Specific controls

The 1st phalanx of the middle finger which is in resonance with the mandible (lower jaw), does not respond to an osseous vertical interrogation (see picture 1) as well as TMJ (in the GB 2 area – see picture 2).
Picture 1
Picture 2

The main causes are:

  • a blockage of traumatic origin (shock, hard food, chronic grinding or clenching of teeth…) which leads to a spasm of the temporal, masseter, and pterygoid muscles (the muscles of mastication). The correction is made with one hand on the traumatic centre of the ankle, the other hand looks for the blockage on the lateral side of the head, vertically to the tragus.
  • over tension of emotional and mental origin (stress…). The blockages of the muscles of mastication have a nervous aetiology. Energetic disturbances mainly concern the Shao Yang level (TW -GB – Yang Wei Mai)
  • malocclusion. Blockages of the 1st phalanx of the middle finger and of the TMJ persist after treatment as well as the blockage of the T4-T5 mechanical centre (see picture 3) as seen previously. It requiers recourse to a specialist in occlusodonctis.
Picture 3 : the blockage of the T4-T5 mechanical centre