Muscular Influences on TMJ Function

presented by Douglas Nelson

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This course, with Doug Nelson, is the first of a three part series exploring the application of Precision Neuromuscular Therapy to addressing tempromandibular dysfunction, or TMD. The course begins by exploring the role of soft tissue therapy for tempromandibular dysfunction. The course also explores the background of TMD, possible causes and prevalence, and the role that muscles play in TMD pain.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Douglas Nelson, LMT, BCTMB, CNMT

    Douglas Nelson is the founder of Precision NMT seminars, Doug has taught hundreds of seminars and to various populations from physician's conferences to educational seminars for lay people. Practicing massage therapy since 1977, he has studied with a host of great educators and worked in several clinical environments. He is the president of BodyWork Associates, a sixteen therapist massage therapy clinic in Champaign, IL which has been in operation since 1982. Doug still maintains a very active practice; he doesn't just teach, he has a busy personal practice (seeing over 1,100 client visits annually); the clinic is the laboratory for the development of PNMT. Doug has treated thousands of clients over the years, from the NBA to the NFL, factory workers,and high level musicians who suffer musculoskeletal pain. Doug is passionate about the efficacy of the work and has conducted many clinical research studies to investigate PNMT. He is a member of the International Myopain Association and the International Association for the Study of Pain and is also a regular columnist for Massage and Bodywork magazine. He is the author of Table Lessons: Insights in the Practice of Massage Therapy and The Mystery of Pain. He also contributed the chapter on fibromyalgia to the book Massage Therapy: Integrating Research and Practice. Doug was awarded the 2013 Massage Therapy Educator of the Year from the Illinois Chapter of the AMTA. He has spoken to numerous state and national AMTA conferences, both giving workshops and keynote addresses.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

  1. Involved Anatomy

    1. Involved Anatomy

    In this chapter, participants will be introduced to the relevant influences on TMJ pain, and explain why these influences are contributing factors, but not singular causes of TMJ pain. Participants will also be able to name at least three other health conditions that are commonly associated with TMD.

  2. Pain Associated with TMJ

    2. Pain Associated with TMJ

    In this chapter, participants will define freeway space, and identify possible red flags for TMD. Participants will also explain the concept of iatrogenic TMD, and name common reasons to refer clients to a dentist.

  3. Motions of TMJ

    3. Motions of TMJ

    In this final chapter, participants will describe symptoms that often accompany pain in the jaw. Participants will also explain the relationship of TMD and central sensitization, and the relationship of TMD pain and the upper cervical musculature.

Completion Requirements

If approved for CE credit in your discipline and state, a minimum score of 70% is required for OT/OTA, Nurse, LTCA, and RT. A minimum score of 80% is required for SW. No minimum score is required for other disciplines unless otherwise specified within the course.