TMJ

Best Sleeping Positions

Many patients ask what position is the best to sleep inĀ for their particular problem. This often also leads to discussion on which are the best pillows and which are the best mattresses. Lets begin by looking at the body's natural curves- because the best position is usually one that supports these curves appropriately. On the drawing to the right it can be seen that there are three main curves in the spine when looked at from the side. The neck (cervical spine) and low back (lumbar spine) curve backwards and are called lordoses, while the mid back (thoracic spine) curves forward. Click on the links for a review on common postural distortions and scoliosis.   Sleeping in a position that supports these curves and maintains a neutral position would be ideal, however the condition and type of mattress you sleep on as well as the type of pillow you use will also influence this. Lets look at each position in turn.

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Jaw problems and Bruxism

It is estimated that at least 40% of the population suffers from one or several symptoms associated with Temporomandibular (TMJ, or jaw) dysfunction. It is a cause of migraine, clicking, locking and pain in the jaw, ears and sinus region. It has been called many names, the most common labels as listed below: TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder) CMD (Craniomandibular Disorder) CFPD (Craniofacial Pain and Dysfunction)

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