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Evaluation and Manual Therapy for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

presented by Kirk Iodice

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course will be retired and no longer available as of April 1, 2020. Please complete the course by March 31, 2020 to receive credit or look for Cranio-Mandibular Case Studies, available in the course catalogue.

This course provides the participant with the skills required to expand and market their practice for the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ dysfunction. The course starts with a background on TMJ and reviews the pertinent anatomy and physiology of the TMJ, cervical spine, and thoracic spine. After the introduction, learn how to perform and interpret an evaluation, appropriate, evidence-based manual therapy and rehabilitation techniques. The course concludes with how to handle the initial management of common postural faults, and provides the knowledge necessary to prescribe effective patient take home exercises.

Meet Your Instructor

Kirk Iodice, DC, ART

Dr. Kirk Iodice earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan University in St. Louis, MO, graduating magna cum laude. He received his Bachelor of Science in Health Fitness degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, also graduating with honors. While at Logan, Dr. Iodice was amongst a select few chosen as an…

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1. Introduction

Through this introductory chapter, understand the location and function of the muscles of mastication and jaw opening. Dr. Iodice establishes the functional relationship between the jaw and the spine, and discusses the role for the intrarticular disc and how it is stabilized. Learn about the data that exists supporting a link between TMD and systemic musculoskeletal dysfunction, and understand the global concept of musculoskeletal function and dysfunction.

2. History and Examination

Learn how to perform and interpret an evaluation for jaw function. including pertinent objective muscle length assessments. Through this chapter, recognize common associated postural faults and common associated pain referral patterns.

3. Manual Therapy Workshop

Gain experience in performing Post Isometric Relaxation (PIR) to selected muscles, practice TMJ distraction mobilization, and understand normal and abnormal jaw movement patterns.

4. Take Home Self Relaxation Activities

Learn how to instruct on self PIR for selected muscles and understand when and how to show pertinent self facilitation exercises.

5. Conclusion

The conclusion provides background of when to employ dental co-management with your treatment. Also, Dr. Iodice provides the general treatment formula of which muscles to inhibit, facilitate, which activities to eliminate, and pertinent ADL modifications.

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