Headaches and TMD

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Headaches can be one of the most aggravating forms of pain. They increase sensitivity to many other forms of pain, interfere with work, family and social lives, and can even impact appetite, sleep, and processes necessary to maintain a healthy body. Headaches can be caused by several factors, and vary in degree, intensity, and location. Frequent headaches are an indication of a larger problem; one contributing factor to frequent headaches may be temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

Symptoms of headaches caused by TMD share some universal qualities with many other types of headaches. This may include:

• Face, eye, and ear pain

• Pressure behind the eyes or in the ears

Tai Chi Classes to Commence at Kurrajong Natural Medicine Centre

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Kurrajong Natural Medicine Centre, at Kurrajong, in the Blue Mountains, north-west of Sydney is starting Tai Chi Classes on the 19th of October.

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi is an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), providing a means to balance the mind, body and spirit. Tai Chi is a martial art and involves slow, precise movements combined with breathing to strengthen the body, focus the mind and activate the body's Qi. It is used as a form of exercise in China and has gained increased popularity as a form of exercise in the west.

Tai Chi is however much more than mere exercise. Many practitioners of Chinese medicine use Tai Chi to help them focus and direct the Qi, which they use when practicing acupuncture. In addition, Tai Chi can also be use as a form of self-defense. It is a martial art and many consider it to be superior to Karate.

Questions About Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)

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Do you suffer from chronic morning headaches or a jaw that consistently pops, clicks, or locks? If so, it is possible that your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is misaligned.

Many individuals are unaware that they suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). The symptoms are elusive and seemingly unrelated. Below are common questions about TMD to help potential victims realize the source of their chronic pain and seek appropriate treatment.

What is temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD)?

Temporomandibular joint disorder, which is also referred to as TMD, occurs when the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is misaligned. This ball-and-socket joint directly affects even the most minute jaw movements, which can result in great pain and suffering during routine activities.

Do I have temporomandibular joint disorder?

Chronic Pain of TMD Tied to Depression

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Chronic pain is defined as persistent pain that lasts beyond the normal course of healing. Sufferers of chronic pain have to deal with it constantly and get little or no permanent relief from pain medication or other forms of treatment. A main contributor to undiagnosed chronic pain is temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. Because TMD often is misdiagnosed and untreated, depression may ensue. Chronic pain of TMD tied to depression is a major concern for the neuromuscular dentist trying to diagnose and treat TMD.

Temporomandibular joint disorder is often described as a loose collection of maladies associated with the TMJ, or temporomandibular joint. This joint is one of the most worked joints of the body and a wide variety of symptoms is associated with TMD.

Study Results Raise Questions About Vertebroplasty for Patients With Osteoporotic Spinal Compression Fractures

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(Best Syndication News) ROCHESTER, Minn. - A new study led by Mayo Clinic researchers has found that relief of pain from vertebral compression fractures, as well as improvement in pain-related dysfunction, were similar in patients treated with vertebroplasty and those treated with simulated vertebroplasty without cement injections. The article, "A Randomized Controlled Trial of Vertebroplasty for Osteoporotic Spine Fractures," was released today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Vertebroplasty is a widely applied procedure in which medical cement is injected into the spine to relieve pain and improve function in patients who have osteoporotic fractures. This study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, was the first of its kind, using a double-blinded research model to examine the impact of vertebroplasty.

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