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The TMJ Healing Plan: Ten Steps to Relieving Persistent Jaw, Neck and Head Pain

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
The painful joint disorder known as TMJ manifests in the jaw, neck, back, and head, making it a debilitating condition that can adversely affect daily life. The many sufferers of TMJ — the disorder is shockingly common, affecting 1 in 25 people — often must pay exorbitant fees for dental splints ($450) or surgery (upwards of $100,000), and they are forced to invest time ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Hunter House (first published August 1st 2009)
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Tejas Janet
Feb 16, 2016 Tejas Janet rated it really liked it
Very helpful and informative!
Jul 07, 2010 Cindy rated it really liked it
I am still making my way through this book, but as it's been so long since I started, I thought I would add a few thoughts here.

This is a very big approach to fixing TMJ pain. I've had jaw and neck pain for the past 12 years at least. I've been in physical therapy, consulted my dentist, tried massage, and while there's been improvement here and there, the pain is very persistent. At time, I've been unable to eat solid food because my jaw hurt so much. So I am really the target audience for this
May 30, 2013 Neil rated it it was amazing
I started suffering from TMJ last year, and didn't recognize it at first because the symptoms weren't what I would have expected, with pain more in my temples and neck than in my jaw. I've tried a variety of solutions, none of which have been a magic bullet, although all of them perhaps help a little. Still, it's an ongoing struggle, and a frustrating one because it involves obscure unpleasant sensations that are hard to describe to doctors and don't yield symptoms that others can see. Count ...more
Sep 15, 2011 Dan rated it really liked it
I have suffered with neck pain and been to dentists and chiropractors trying to resolve it. This worked, but having to pay $40 for every chiro visit got old quick. This book fits me like a glove. It addresses nearly all the issues I face. I have a tongue thrust and had no idea it could be to blame for my neck tension. Because of what I've read, I'm working on changing my swallow (not easy, but worth it) to stop the tongue thrust. I've also been doing the tongue and jaw exercises. I haven't ...more
Feb 01, 2011 Natalie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I had a very expensive and invasive jaw surgery at the age of 15 to "solve" my TMJ problems. However, I still have the problems. It's nice to see they are coming out with some new information on the subject. I was especially interested in learning about tongue placement and realizing the my "at rest" position made my TMJ worse. She had a lot of great suggestions and I like the little action plan summaries at the end of each chapter. Great exercises for relaxing and stress reduction. It is a ...more
Apr 03, 2013 Boriss rated it it was amazing
brilliant book. i plowed through it in 2 days. the issues she addresses apply directly to me: hypermobility, oversensitive nervous system, low co2, mouth breathing, bad posture, leg length discrepancy, trigger points. i own both this and TAKING CONTROL OF TMJ. i love both books but i definitely prefer this one.

only negative is the actual jaw exercises did not help me that much but perhaps i am doing them incorrectly or maybe its due to my hypermobility. she emphasizes b vitamins but not magnesi
Sep 12, 2013 Caz rated it it was amazing
I had already dislocated my jaw completely when I was given this book and I wish I would have picked it up before I ruined my jaw. None the less, even in the aftermath it's advice and knowledge helped me manage the pain, become far more comfortable, and unlock a locked jaw. Now with my physical therapist and jaw specialist, the rest will come into place wonderfully and I am well informed as to the why and how of it all.
Feb 17, 2013 Jen rated it it was ok
While she had some good tips on posture that I have been trying to follow, the rest of the book was not very applicable to me. The author was quite repetitive and a majority of her "case focus" sections were on herself. I can see this being a useful book for someone who doesn't really know much about TMJ and how everything is so interconnected. I've been a sufferer for 15 years now so there wasn't much new information or actionable information here for me.
Keith McGowan
Nov 20, 2014 Keith McGowan rated it really liked it
Shelves: medical-science
Although I do not have TMJ and I only read certain chapters, I found the author's comments on posture and trigger points enlightening in that bad posture and knotted muscles can lead to pain and other symptoms in other parts of the body. It reinforced my belief that the emphasis modern medicine places on (expensive) drugs and surgery can sometimes be avoided by sitting up straight and doing physical therapy.
Jul 25, 2010 Melissa rated it really liked it
After reading this book, I've learned that I have terrible standing, sitting and sleeping posture (not a surprise), I hold my tongue and lips in an incorrect position, I swallow improperly (I didn't even know that was possible), and my office set up is terrible. Awesome. All bitterness aside, I'm glad that I found this book, because I've had TMJ issues since I was a kid, and I'm excited to make some changes and see if that has an impact on my neck, head and jaw pain.

Apr 03, 2012 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent addition to the various "owner's manuals" for the body. Really good in terms of preventive maintenance as well as addressing specific ills directly and indirectly related to the jaw and it's joints.
Mar 03, 2012 Kayli rated it it was amazing
I have been struggling with daily headaches and jaw pain for almost a year and a half now. This book has helped me sooo much! I am only half way through it, but the things it has taught me so far has really helped me to improve my situation.
Very valuable, detailed self-help book for those suffering with TMJ disorders. Highly recommend it to other readers who are motivated to help themselves via home therapy. This book has helped me more than my dentist, orthodontist, and maxillofacial specialist!
May 14, 2015 Abby added it
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Helpful tips and exercises for those who have this problem. Author is a physical therapist who specializes in TMJ/TMD and neck pain.
Filisha Lustfild
Very user-friendly

Helpful for my own pain as well as educating others in simple safe tools to self manage tmd related pain.
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concise chapter 8 on myofascia and muscle care
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