If I may, let me comment from the professional side. I think I can speak from a qualified point of view having learned the Neuromuscular techniques. The most important aspect of any treatment is a proper diagnosis. The NM techniques are intended to reduce muscle tension/spasm as a means of reducing pain and finding the correct 'alignment' of the TMJ. It can be effective, but if the dentist uses this technique exclusively I would be cautious. In my opinion, muscle tension is a result of disc displacements in the TMJ and there are many other complicating factors that should not be overlooked. When dentists buy the necessary technology to do NM dentistry they take training to go with it. That training alone is not adequate to treat all the the TMJ problems out there. This has been my experience. These so called TMJ problems are more complex than a lot of dentists realize and so not all problems are addressed with one technique. Just look for an experienced TMJ clinician, ie, ask a lot of questions. Hope that helps.
thanks for the advise. I am to the point where I am trying anything. I am working on my 4th week off work. I am starting PT for the neck & shoulder pain. He seems to think the muscle spasms are the main cause of the pain but you know he is going to say whatever it takes to get me to try it. Of course insurance will not cover anything relating to TMJ but surgery so that is one of my biggest problems. What can you do for disc displacements? Thank you