According to Janet Travell, MD, one of the foremost authorities on Trigger Points, "Muscle and other soft tissue disorders due to Trigger Points are the most common source of pain in the general population. Myofascial pain due to trigger points is the most prevalent cause of painful sysptoms."
The diagnosis of pain due to Trigger Points depends on the presence of the following:
1) Pain located in any structure of the body, typically with a deep, aching quality.
2) Presence of a specific tender spot in the taut band of a muscle.
3) Applying pressure to the trigger point will reproduce the clinical pain complaint within 10 sec.
4) Diminished range of motion of the involved muscle due to pain.
To treat TMJ Trigger Points, we utilize myofascial therapy, which includes very gentle stretching and light muscle pressure to release the tight and painful muscle fibers.
Unlike other types of treatment that "dig" or push on the actual tender muscle knots, our foucus is on treating the muscle tissues that surround the spasm.
By releasing the taut bands in the TMJ muscles, contraction knots within the trigger point area will naturally and quickly begin to unwind and relax, which generally results in dramatic TMJ pain relief.