TMJ Treatment NYC

 tmj specialist nyc dr. kaminsky in session at craniosacral therapy new york

Jaw pain, Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) is a fairly common condition. It is also a condition that is very much misunderstood by the dental and medical professions.  Although jaw pain or clicking associated with TMJ is felt in the jaw joint, the problem often originates from an adjacent area in the body. 

TMJ Treatment NYC

Dr. Kaminsky specializes in treating TMJ sufferers in New York through gentle and safe Craniosacral Therapy techniques, Pranic Healing and Chiropractic care. He has found that by releasing restrictions in the head, neck, spine and body especially through Craniosacral Therapy, patients have experienced complete eradication in all TMJ symptoms, including complete reversal of clicking, pain and complete reversal of TMJ dysfunction.

Tight Muscles Cause TMJ

Muscle tightness in the head, neck / spine can alter the structure of the Temporal – Mandibular joint directly and indirectly. This is because the muscular attachments into the head, neck and jaw pull the TM joint out of its balanced aligned position, and as a result function is altered. Structure and function are two sides of the same coin. When one is altered the other follows.

When certain groups of head and neck muscles such as the sternocleidomastoid, masseter, temporalis, scalenes, platysma, suboccipitals, trapezius, etc. are tight, in spasm or are splinting they can distort the temporomandibular joint causing pain and clicking.

All muscles in the body attach to bone via their tendons, so if the muscle attaching to both head and neck becomes tight or is in spasm, it can displace the plates of bone in the head and cervical vertebrae / neck, most commonly C1 and C2, causing pain and clicking in the jaw.

Head and Neck Alignment is Altered in TMJ

Cranial misalignment is a displacement of one or more cranial bones which directly effect the structure and hence function of the TMJ. The head and face are comprised of many individual bones that align at the sutures giving each of us our uniquely shaped head and face. Some of the key bones potentially involved in TMJ are; frontal, occipital, parietal, temporal, sphenoid, C1, C2 and others.

Why We Have TMJ Pain and Clicking

TMJ dysfunction is a result of these bones becoming displaced, misaligned and out-of-sync in relation to each other and the TM joint as a result of past accidents, trauma, falls, whiplash injuries, unprocessed, unresolved stuck emotions, etc. The displaced / misaligned Temporal – Mandibular joint is the effect of altered, compromised structure.

The reason the body forms patterns of muscle tightness effecting the jaw is based on Neuroscience with legitimate models of explanation. Based on that, Dr. Kaminsky follows several systems and treatment principles from Chiropractic, Craniosacral Therapy and Pranic Healing. Developed by Dr.’s B.J. Palmer, John Upledger and Grand Master Choa Kok Sui, respectively.

Improving TMJ Function

A positive outcome is achieved with consistent, correct hands-on application of Craniosacral Therapy and the various Chiropractic and proprietary manual therapy techniques developed by Dr. Kaminsky. Unlike the popular belief, and as laid out in above text, for most people with TMJ pain and clicking it is not a problem originating in the Temporal Mandibular Joint itself. TMJ is the effect, a result, a symptom created by a disbalance in your body’s musculoskeletal system.

Common symptoms of TMJ:

  • Pain, ache, clicking of the jaw
  • Tension headaches
  • Migraine headaches
  • Stress headache
  • Difficulty chewing or locking of the joints
  • Tenderness and reduced jaw motion
  • Night-time teeth grinding
  • Jaw clenching
  • Ear Pain

Benefits of visiting a TMJ Specialist

  • Relaxation and alleviation of tension associated with TMJ
  • Relief in pressure on the nerves around the neck and jaw
  • Reduced pain, elimination of pain
  • Displacement / misalignment correction for long term relief
  • A TMJ natural treatment option that is safe and effective
  • Reduction / complete elimination of spinal subluxations
  • Improvement in facial asymmetry

Collaboration with a Dental TMJ Specialist

Collaborating with a Dental TMJ Specialists for the benefit of the patient towards the improvement, reversal, and cessation of pain and or clicking is often enhanced. When a dentist refers patients with installed appliances designed to change the structure and the relationship between upper and lower jaw great things can happen with the synergistic collaboration of a Craniosacral Therapist, Cranial Osteopath or SOT Chiropractor.

The dental hardware of the correct kind and installed properly can positively effect the spinal alignment of the neck and the rest of the spinal vertebral column. Specifically the first and second vertebral articulations (C1, C2). A proper installation of a mouth appliance positively effects the alignment of the jaw and spine resulting in a natural decrease in muscle tightness or spasm in the head and neck, which in turn can diminish any associated neck pain and jaw pain or clicking.

TMJ Dentist and Dr. Kaminsky

Working jointly with a TMJ dentist adds synergy to the care of the patient and offers opportunities for a positive outcome. Many TMJ appliances do a great job in its intended application. And with a pair of skilled chiropractic hands of Craniosacral Therapy contributing to the intended effect of the treatment, chances of a positive outcome is significantly that much better.

Dr. Kaminsky enjoys working with dentists, and one thing that is evident is that a collaboration between a TMJ dental specialist and an experienced practitioner of craniosacral therapy, can offer tremendous benefit to sufferers of TMJ.

What Causes Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction?

In eight out of ten sufferers, the tmj causes are due to muscle imbalance in the body other than the jaw. Picture a puppet with multiple strings. The puppet is controlled from the top to the bottom, but if something happened to one of the strings, if the string bunched-up midway or on the bottom, the top is effected.

Same thing with muscles of the TMJ. When muscles in the neck or spine become tight the top of the body, the TMJ is adversely effected.

Scoliosis and TMJ

To get a better understanding I encourage you to read the section on scoliosis. If you understand what causes scoliosis, you can understand what causes TMJ, the same principles apply. The difference is that the muscles involved originate and insert at the lower levels of the vertebral column, and the cranium misaligns in a more uniform way versus individual bones. Uneven pressure on the Temporal Mandibular Joint is the result.

Another words, the muscular inhibition does not cause enough of a lever pull from the muscles at the bottom of the vertebrae to cause scoliosis but significant enough to cause enough of a muscular distortion and force up the spine, into the head to effect the cranium. This places uneven forces on the TMJ causing the clicking and or pain inside the joint.

If you are suffering from chronic tmj pain or are looking for a tmj specialist in New York, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kaminsky today!

About Dr. Kaminsky & Craniosacral Therapy

Dr. Kaminsky is a 1999 graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic. He is licensed to practice in NY and has completed close to three thousand hours of professional continuing education since becoming licensed in March of 2000.

The primary approach used in his office is Craniosacral Therapy (CST) which is a method focusing on the cranium (head) and sacrum (a large bone at the base of the spine) scientifically proven to control life sustaining fluid flow throughout the body.

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on manual therapy approach that brings about healing via the fluidity of the body. The existence of the Craniosacral System was first discovered by Osteopath Dr. William Sutherland in the early 1900’s, calling it Cranial Osteopathy.  And later rediscovered, validated, and developed by Dr. John Upledger in the late 70’s early 80’s, who renamed it Craniosacral Therapy after doing five years of research at the Michigan State University, School of Medicine. In 1983 Dr. John, as he was fondly called, established a teaching institute in Palm Beach, Florida, to teach this cranial sacral method to all healthcare providers. The Upledger Institute is still very active today.

The craniosacral mechanism pumps fluid which is produced in the brain, called cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF), through the fascial network of the body, the purpose of which is to lubricate joints, muscles, organs, all cells and all tissues. It is the driving life force for your body’s systems to function properly, CSF also carries healing properties to bodily traumas, injuries and past surgeries.

The proper function of your cranial sacral mechanism, via CSF flow, maintains the normal tone of your muscles, provide nutrients to your organs, and keeps you out of pain. It sustains human life and allows your nervous system to stay responsive to challenges of daily living and your mind-body life experiences. The better your craniosacral mechanism functions, the better the flow of this life sustaining fluid, the better your body can handle physical and emotional stress. The uninhibited flow of this fluid throughout your body allows you to thrive, opposite of survival mode.

CSF is part of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) brain and spinal cord), which is physically encapsulated within the dural membranes of the spine and head.

One of the functions inside of your brain is to automatically generate energetic rhythmic impulses that function to pump CSF throughout your body, regulating your peripheral nerves, nervous system and organ systems, which in turn, sustain your function (physiology) and life. It is an important force that maintains everything functioning in your body. This is what we call the Craniosacral System, or Craniosacral Mechanism. It is the hydraulic, energetic and rejuvenating system of your body.

This measurable life force of moving fluid is palpable to a trained craniosacral therapist, like the heart rhythm, pulse rhythm, breathing rate, that can all be felt, so too can the Cranial Sacral Rhythm (CSR) be palpated and measured. It is the foundational diagnostic tool in real-time used to evaluate your current state of well-being (or lack thereof), and potential for health improvement and healing.

Compromises of your rhythmic impulse, correlates to CSF flow restrictions in the system which the body is unable to self-correct or overcome on its own. This is the reason why over time we develop pain, dis-ease, symptoms, conditions, mind-body disconnect and basically all human physical and psychological ailments.

When the fluid isn’t flowing optimally, your bodily rejuvenation is affected, and this is where the skill of an experienced craniosacral therapist becomes valuable. By placing his or her hands on your body, most commonly on your head and sacrum, for diagnostic purposes, the practitioner can detect, feel, evaluate, and rate the SSQAR (strength, symmetry, quality, amplitude, rate) of the rhythm; then bring forth correction of any limitations with subsequent experienced hand placements on different parts the body during a session.

A craniosacral therapist helps your rhythm reset, restore and renew allowing for healing to take place of the mind-body connection, musculoskeletal tightness and spasms, neurological deficits, autoimmune issues, organ function, many common conditions, and of course pain. Through a practitioners properly focused and attuned touch, your body is facilitated to release channels of fluid stagnation and flow restriction, which ultimately breakthrough, overcome and improve CSR and the function of vital fluid flow.

Dr. Alex Kaminsky is an advanced practitioner of Craniosacral therapy, having studied up to advanced levels including SER and pediatric courses. He has built a solid foundation with many years of experience, treating babies, children and adults.

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