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Victoria Physiotherapist Course Offered: How to Diagnose and Treat Temporomandibular Dysfunction

Posted in News on Feb 18, 2016.

How to Diagnose and Treat Temporomandibular (TMJ) Dysfunction-Course

TMJ Physiotherapy CourseCathy Russell Dip PT,
Date & Times; April 2nd /3rd 2016

Location: Shelbourne Physiotherapy Main Clinic located at 100B-3200 Shelbourne Street
Saturday 8.30am-4-30pm
Sunday 8.30am-12.30
Cost: $300

Join Cathy Russell, Physiotherapist in this educational and hands-on course which will enhance
the understanding of the Temporomandibular joint, (TMD) and how it can be associated with a
myriad of chronic conditions, like Parkinson’s, and symptoms including headaches, facial, chronic
neck & shoulder pain, dizziness and balance dysfunction.

Course Topics and Objectives:

• Review basic anatomy and biomechanics of TM Joint, and correlation to cranium, upper
cervical and the Trigemino-cervical system and cranial nerves. This is merited in
understanding TMD and treatment.
• Define osteokinematic and arthrokinematic motion
• Explain arthrokinematic rules of motion
• Detect and classify whether myofascial or intra articular joint dysfunction
• Demonstrate and practice selected Joint mobilization techniques

Hands-on session course objectives:
Practice TMD examination & treatments:

• End feel & Range of motion assessment
• Arthrokinematic tests
• Dynamic pain test
• Static pain test
• Palpation of muscles
• Joint/muscle provocations.
• Treatment techniques for Myogenous and Intra articular TM Joint dysfunction

At completion of the course the attendee will have techniques to manage the TM joint
which is arguably one of the most active and complex in the body. They will understand
the neural anatomical basis for muscular co-contraction and referred pain and that the
joint must adapt to shifting occlusal, postural, functional and parafunctional influences
over the lifetime of the individual. Therefore Cathy believes that treatment should be 50%
dental and 50% rest of the body.

Pre watching:
Watch 2016 TMD on my You Tube channel. Access this from home page of

Pre reading
TMJ anatomy, upper cervical joints and Trigeminal nerve

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