TMJ-Too Much Jaw

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In this episode we discuss TMJ, temporomandibular joint disorders.  Dr. Sheryl Young is an

from Rohen/Yokuchi Color  Atlas of Anatomy

from Rohen/Yokuchi Color Atlas of Anatomy

experienced chiropractor in San Francisco. She offers us a review of anatomy and the chiropractic perspective on TMJ disorders. Professor Charles McNeill informs us from the dentist’s point of view. We discover that the first stages of sleep are crucial to preventing sleep bruxism and that daytime bruxism may be more important than sleep bruxism.  Surprisingly the newer antidepressants, the SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), can increase jaw muscle tension. Of course dental occlusive splints, or night guards are helpful in preventing tooth damage, but they don’t prevent actual jaw clenching.  Most surgical interventions for TMJ have a very high failure rate but new advances in stem cell research show some promise for re-building damaged temporomandibular joints. Exciting stuff.  A good friend and former roommate, Sarah Covert tells us about how she is managing her orofacial pain and another friend Pooja Gupta relates her experiences with jaw pain.  If you have TMJ pain feel free to share your experience, including what has and hasn’t worked well for you. Feel free to comment here or on our facebook page.  I’d be delighted to hear your story. Also, if you are looking for more resources you can go visit The TMJ Association, Ltd. 

too much jaw

not enough laud

too much effort

not enough reward

too much money

not enough honey

too much chow

not enough food

too much communication

not enough relation

too much work

not enough employment

too much fun

not enough enjoyment

too much cry

not enough weep

too much bed

not enough sleep

too much touch

not enough love

yep, too much jaw

not enough drawl

-jaysi 2013

Episode: Guest Bios & Individual Clips

Sheryl Young, DC
Sheryl Young has been a chiropractor since 1985. She graduated from Life West Chiropractic College and now works in the Outer Sunset District of San Francisco. Her treatments consists of chiropractic manipulation, soft tissue mobilization, ultrasound and low level laser modalities when indicated. She can be reached at 415-665-4432.

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Charles McNeill, DDS
Charles McNeill is a Professor Emeritus and the Director of the Center for Orofacial Pain at the University of California San Francisco. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. He is a member and former President of both the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and American Academy of Orofacial Pain and is a past-editor of the Journal of Orofacial Pain. He has authored many articles, abstracts and book chapters, edited four books and lectured extensively on the subjects of TMD, orofacial pain and occlusion.

(Dr. McNeill's interview can only be heard as part of the whole episode. The file is over 10MB so can't be uploaded as a separate clip here. I'm sure you will enjoy listening to the whole episode anyway. :-) )
Sarah Covert, PhD
Sarah Covert is a fungal geneticist whose research interests focus on fungal pathogens of plants. She currently is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. She has been a faculty member in the Warnell School since 1993 and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007.

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Pooja Gupta
Pooja Gupta is a storyteller who lives and works in Los Angeles.
She enjoys hikes, meditation, and dinner parties.
She holds a B.A. from Hampshire College and an MFA in Directing from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

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