CranioSacral Therapy for Treating TMJ

Therapist uses CraioSacral Therapy on a patient lying on the table with a model of the spine behind them.

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is one tool in our arsenal of gentle approaches to treating TMJ. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) can be a painful and debilitating condition affecting the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. Every individual case of TMJ is unique with different underlying causes, but one thing the symptoms have in common is the CranioSacral system.

Understanding CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on approach that focuses on the manipulation of the CranioSacral system, which includes the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. CranioSacral therapy is an osteopathic premise that states if a structure is normalized, function will follow. The gentle manipulation and adjusting of the cranial bones help balance the body’s system.

The Connection between CranioSacral Therapy and TMJ

The CranioSacral system plays a vital role in maintaining the balance of the body’s nervous system. Any restrictions or imbalances in this system can contribute to various health issues, including TMJ. CST restores balance to the neurological system and unwinds tension within the bones of the skull, neck and spine that cause the misalignments that lead to chronic tension and pain that exacerbate TMJ.

Individualized and Complimentary

Each person’s experience with TMJ is unique, and CranioSacral Therapy is individualized to each person as their symptoms and needs are different. This approach is used in conjunction with other treatments like expansion and bite alignment, prolotherapy, myofunctional therapy, etc. to help the body self correct and bring relief from symptoms.

CranioSacral Therapy offers a gentle and functional approach to addressing the underlying issues associated with TMJ. Promoting balance within the CranioSacral system and relieving tension in the jaw and surrounding areas, CST may provide significant relief for individuals struggling with TMJ symptoms. Contact us today about how we use cranial sacral therapy as part of our functional and integrative dental office.