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's 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:
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.
BSSCMD 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 'other' 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.
I'm 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 don'
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
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
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
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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