Welcome to our website which contains information about Temperomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders, headaches, migraines, tinnitus, etc., the history and rationale of our study group and the list of our practitioners.

The Temporo Mandibular Joint (TMJ) is the medical name given to the jaw joint. It is made up of the lower jaw which articulates against a disc in the cup shaped depression of the skull by the ear. If the lower jaw is displaced it can cause the disc to come away from its correct position and dislocate, causing a clicking and grating noise when the mouth opens.

When the TMJ dislocates it can cause symptoms of headaches, migraines, neckache, tinnitus, fatigue and pain to name but a few. Patients will often grind their teeth at night, have difficulty opening wide, click or grate in the TMJ when opening and have some pain in the joint area itself in front of the ear.

There is some exciting research and work being done where orthodontics and surgery on deranged TMJ&aposs has helped patients with Muscle Movement Disorders, Tourettes, Blepharospasm and Dystonias.

The diagnosis is crucial in understanding and treating the problem. The full examination will involve, muscle testing, ranges of motion, analysis, X-rays and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Treatment can involve wearing splints and braces on the teeth to realign the jaw into its correct position. In the majority of cases this eliminates all of the symptoms, especially the headaches and migraines. Occasionally surgery may be needed to complete this treatment.

Some of the numerous and varied symptoms which can occur are listed below:

  • Headaches / Migraines
  • Jaw joint clicking or grating
  • Jaw clenching and Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Sleep Apnoea
  • Atypical Facial Pain & neuralgias
  • Facial muscle aches and tics
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Ear pain, tinnitus, hearing loss
  • Muscle Movement Disorders

A multi-disciplinary approach is needed for some patients.
Podiatry, Osteopathy, Chiropractics, Cranial work, Massage Therapy, Pscychiatry, Physiotherapy, Nutritionists and other Allied Professionals.


This new book, published by BSSCMD, is intended to demonstrate how some practitioners are working on a team ‘integrated’ basis with other healthcare professionals to achieve the best possible results for patients. It also explains the BSSCMD viewpoint that there is a whole lot more to orthodontics than simply straightening the teeth - malocclusion being merely the sign of something wrong or out of balance at a different level. The book explains the importance of addressing all the etiological factors and not just the outcome, for the sake of longterm stability.

Price: £GB 35.00

BSSCMD members: £GB 20.00

Mailing costs: Free to UK
£GB 6.25 (EU)
£GB 11.10 (US etc.)

Purchasers should request the book, include the mailing details, by email to who will provide the BSSCMD bank details for a BACS (direct transfer) payment, on receipt of which the book will be mailed out.

Purchasers should use their surname as the payment reference.

183 References on Orthodontics, submitted by Dr John Mew

The BSSCMD has been challenged many times over the 27 years since our organisation came together for the lack of sound scientific evidence backing up the way we work. We have tended to respond by pointing out that there is also scant evidence to support the conventional viewpoint, which is true. Even the many trials and reviews of conventional orthodontic thinking that have been ‘rubber stamped’ by the Cochrane Review body virtually all state that ‘this study is not a suitable basis for treatment planning’ and that ‘further study is urgently needed’. This unsatisfactory situation has evolved into the British Orthodontic Society’s and General Dental Council’s guidelines stating that “lifetime (fixed) retention is essential for lifetime stability, following orthodontic treatment”. An equally unsatisfactory situation which brings the entire concept of orthodontics into question, unequalled in any other health care arena.

We hope that the following will assist members when the question of scientific evidence arises.

Download the document here

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Benefits of joining the BSSCMD

  • The BSSCMD (formerly the Cranio Group) is an international study group of health care professionals who have a particular interest Dental Bibsin the treatment of disorders of the cranio-mandibular-cervical system (once known as "TMJ"). Members are mainly Dentists and Orthodontists (65%) plus Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, CranioSacral therapists, Alexander teachers, etc. There is also a special student membership. The Cranio group was initiated in 1992 by Dr Richard Dean and Dr Noel Stimson. The BSSCMD was started in 1994. Now chaired by Dr. Andrè Hedger.
  • The membership now includes many internationally known professionals from all associated disciplines and from many countries including Britain, Ireland, Europe, USA, Canada and Australia.
  • The Society&aposs journal &aposCranio UK&apos is published twice a year by editor/publisher Noel Stimson, who is a retired dentist with 40 years experience of general dental practice, the last 20 years involved with orthodontics and treating cranio-mandibular disorders. The journal is available (free of charge) only to Cranio Group members.
  • Membership of BSSCMD costs GB £100 a year for UK and overseas members, all of whom are bona fide health care professionals or dental bibs laboratory technicians/owners. Students and first-year post-graduates pay £20 per academic year.
  • Non-Professional members of the public who are interested in the BSSCMD approach and methods can find information and contact details of practitioners in their area as well as case histories and research into the effect of mercury, flouride and nutrition on their teeth and general health.
  • If you wish to become a member of The BSSCMD please print out and complete the application form and mail it to the organizer (address on the form). Once your membership is established you will have access (by password) to the &aposMembers Only&apos section of this website, which contains copies of earlier issues of our journal Cranio View as well as a selection of recently-published significant articles.

Read full details here

Collaboration with BSEM

BSEM logoBSSCMD have recently established a formal affiliation with the British Society for Ecological Medicine (BSEM)

It was jointly decided after a fortuitous meeting that an affiliation would allow both societies to maintain their individual identities and that members of each group could enjoy membership fo the other group at a substantially discounted rate.

The suggested discount was £50 for the membership of the &aposother&apos society making a joint subscripton of £150.

Each Society will invite the other to attend their conferences and clinical meeting as guests, though obviously those with joint membership could attend in their own right.

Joint BSSCMD and BSEM will also be possible.

Visit the British Society for Ecological Medicine


  • Hi Andre, I&aposm basically writing to say thank you. Before treatment I had minor locking, clicking, headache pain, neck pain. Now I have minor clicking and no pain whatsoever. I literally cannot remember the last time I had a headache. I reckon many of your patients
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  • I had been having severe back pain for approximately 15 years; I was on constant anti inflammatory medication and pain killers and seeing my chiropractor regularly. I was referred to a specialist orthodontist who explained I had a deep bite and extractions of my first p
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    Mrs.U.R (Jersey)
  • My son suffered with asthma and eczema and was later diagnosed with the serious condition neuro fibromatosis and he was on a lot of antibiotics and steroids . I realized conventional medicine would not only not cure him but was also making him worse. For years Homeopath
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    F .Le Lu (Jersey)
  • You may remember that we came to you with our daughter in April 2007. She was being treated unsuccessfully at Mayday Hospital for what you were able to diagnose as TMJ dysfunction. A splint was made for her to wear over her bottom teeth and this gave her considerable re
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    Mr. & Mrs. R, Kenley Surrey
  • Having experienced a lot of pain for a number of years I discovered quite by chance through a friend the work Helen had been doing for TMJ, after the second visit to have a splint fitted, I went home to London and from Haslemere to London the difference was unbelievable
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    Mr T.H. from Richmond
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