Upper Cervical Therapy
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Upper Cervical Therapy of Jaw Pains

In craniomandibular dysfuntion, the heavily forward positioned atlas develops a need for space onto the jaw joint which evades to the right. In rather soft muscles and a tendency of the cervical region to hypermobility, it could happen that an exacerbated upper cervical asymmetry impeeds the innervation of the jaw and leads to the CMD-symptomatics. 

In general, Upper Cervical Therapy leads to a remission of jaw joint problems, because after therapy the jaw articulates more in the middle and because compression of nerves in the jaw region doesn't happen any more. 


The female patient wrote immediately after therapy following remarks: "I can swallow better, the lateral movement of the jaw to the left is possible, the possibility of eye movements has increased, the muscle tension in the jaw and the cervical column is reduced, the rotation of the head to the left and to the right has improved."

When the digastricus is being brought to the front, the capacity to move the jaw laterally to the left, which wasn't given before, appears suddenly (see image). The improved capacity to swallow noticed by the patient is due to the fact that the hyoid bone can be lifted more strongly and symmetrically by the hind digastricus belly than before; a fact which is important for the act of swallowing. 

After therapy, the hitting of the jaw joint at the Ligamentum laterale might disappear. A patient with cracking of the jaw and who couldn't open his mouth well either, noticed  the following immediately after therapy: 

I had a cracking when I opened my mouth. Now I just look  how that is. Totally well, totally regular, it opens up widely, it doesn't crack, I am waiting for the cracking to come... it doesn't come. 

We have observed long-term remissions in patients with craniomandibular dysfunction. Among our CMD-patients, there is one who considered to get operated, which wasn't necessary due to absence of symptoms.