Author: Daaf Dejaeghere D.O., BSc(HONS)Ost.
Supervisor: Dr.Med.Dent. Iris Wyn
The aim of this study was to investigate whether a SCS technique according to Jones on the m. masseter had an effect on the active maximal mouth opening on the TMJ level.
The research was preceded by a pilot study. Hundred and eleven persons were chosen according to the following criteria: loss of mobility, a mouth opening less than 3 fingers and pain on the masseter tenderpoint. The experimental treatment consisted of a SCS technique on the m. masseter as described by Jones. Depending on the localization, the left or right tenderpoint was treated.
After analysing the results it became clear that, after treatment, a significant statistical improvement had been reached. It appeared also that the outcome is not related to age, gender, tenderpoints, clicks and pain. Also, patients without pain had a better chance to improve after the technique.
The research proved that the experimental technique gives an improvement of the mobility of the TMJ. The anamnesis after treatment showed that many patients noticed, apart from the gain in mobility, a strong reduction of the pain intensity. For some of them the clicks even disappeared. This technique can therefore provide a positive contribution to the osteopathic treatment of the TMJ.
TMD - Tenderpoint - Masseter - Osteopathic Manual Treatment - Strain-Counterstrain Jones