Jaw Pain

308, 2014

No Muscle Left Behind – Muscle Imbalance

By |August 3rd, 2014|media|Comments Off on No Muscle Left Behind – Muscle Imbalance

Muscle Left Behind – Muscle Imbalance. To get a strong and sculpt a sleek silhouette, you have to identify which muscles are slacking and whip them into shape.

Nearly every muscle in your body has a corresponding muscle group that carries out the opposite function. Take your biceps and triceps: their even match-up lets you bend and straighten your elbow without any thought. That’s how it should work, at least. Unfortunately, everyday habits (like sitting at a desk), repetitive workouts (say, that marathon you’re training for, or your weekly abs class) and even your wardrobe (yes your skyscraper heels) threaten these partnerships.

The result:one of the muscles becomes stronger and overpowers the other, a common condition known as muscular imbalance, which can worsen poor posture and wreak havoc on your figure, says trainer Melissa Paris. (tight hip flexors, for example, can tilt your hips forward and give you a “boep”.) Correcting them , she adds, helps elongate your silhouette and can actually make you look slimmer.

Chain reaction

Muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones are all connected through an intricate system , known to trainers and doctors as the kinetic chain. When one link in the chain is dodgy, it starts a reaction through the rest of your body. So your back pain could actually stem from a problem with your shoulder, your knee or even your shin. As with any team, when one muscle’s not keeping up, others have to work harder to compensate. “The danger of muscular imbalances is that they alter your natural movement patterns,” cautions personal trainer Karen Joseph. “Over time, they can pull your bones and joints out of alignment, which often leads to pain and injury.” The result, says Cape Town -based osteopath Guy […]

2401, 2013

Jaw Pain Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

By |January 24th, 2013|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Jaw Pain Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction – the jaw joint in front of the ear dysfunction is characterised by pain in the jaw joint and surrounding tissues and limitation in jaw movements. The TMJ is a muscular joint and muscular dysfunction within the joint may cause the jaw to deviate from its normal alignment Factors that may cause and contribute to TMJ dysfunction include injuries or repeated jarring to the jaw area such as trauma to the head or face and whiplash, stress, infections, dental and surgical procedures, forward head posture, arthritis, jaw overuse such as chewing gum or thumb sucking and forceps birth where really strong forces are applied to the sides of the baby’s head.

Symptoms can include TMJ pain and stiffness upon opening or closing the mouth, or a cracking, grinding or popping sound when using the joint as well as headaches and pain in the neck and shoulders. The condition creates significant wear on the joint and can have serious consequences for normal daily use of the jaw.

The TMJ joint will stay in proper alignment and should work well if any muscle imbalance is corrected by ensuring both sides of the jaw are of equal length, to prevent uneven pulling of the jaw muscles.

Osteopathic treatment focuses relieving tension in the muscles of the jaw and possibly the neck and upper back and helps manage any factors that may hinder resumption of normal daily activities. This usually results in a greater range of motion in the jaw joint, which helps relieve jaw pain, locking and popping, headaches and neck pain.

The combination of effective treatment and the avoidance of medication and surgery make osteopathy an excellent choice for the treatment of TMJ as well as […]

1906, 2012

Say Goodbye to Neck and Back pain for Good

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Say goodbye to neck and back pain for good

Our backs and necks are perhaps two of the most neglected areas of our bodies. Statistics show that more than 80% of people will suffer from back and neck pain at some point in their lives – a number too high to ignore. Charlene Yared-West talks to the experts about what to do about
it and how to avoid it. […]

1505, 2012

What is Osteoporosis?

By |May 15th, 2012|media|Comments Off on What is Osteoporosis?

The Silent Disease

With more than four million potential osteoporosis sufferers in South Africa, it’s time we stood up and paid attention.

Osteoporosis is more serious than you think, affecting over 200 million women worldwide; most women don’t know they have the disease until they’ve fractured a bone. And, by the time a fracture occurs, the disease is in its advanced stages and damage is severe. […]

907, 2009


By |July 9th, 2009|common complaints, media|Comments Off on Teething

Somewhere around the sixth month of your baby’s life he or she will experience uncomfortable sensations as new teeth begin to push their way through the sensitive gum tissue. This can be a difficult time for the whole family. While some babies sail through the process with a minimum of fuss, others seem to suffer for days on end. What can a parent do to help? […]