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TMD, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder, is a condition that often causes pain in the jaw and face. Over time these disorders can strain the muscles, ligaments, and nerves in the jaw. Symptoms of TMD include jaw pain, clicking of the jaw when opening and closing the mouth, and jaw locking. Some patients report suffering from headaches and neck pain as well. Although the exact cause of TMD is unknown, some causes have been determined. Some causes include bruxism, stress, and jaw injury. Bruxism is the common cause of TMD and refers to teeth clenching and grinding. This is often done when sleeping.

How can myofunctional therapy and Spot Pal help with these symptoms? Myofunctional therapy is a non-invasive treatment that is dedicated to retraining the muscles that control the tongue. By retraining these muscles, we can eliminate the behaviors that cause TMJ pain. Ultimately helping the jaw, lips, teeth, and facial muscles to function correctly and work together as a team. Additionally, Spot Pal helps in Myofunctional Therapy for TMD, complementing a patient’s treatment plan. Spot Pal is a tongue training appliance that helps establish proper oral resting posture. Once a patient has established the proper oral resting posture they can expect less teeth grinding and teeth clenching.

Noy, Megan Van. “Myofunctional Therapy for TMJ: NW Myofunctional Therapy Tigard, Or.” Myofunctional Therapy For TMJ | NW   Myofunctional Therapy Tigard, OR, NW Myofunctional Therapy, 10 Dec. 1970, www.orofacial-myology.com/blog/myofunctional-therapy-for-tmj/.