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The Eclectic Approach to TMD Management

  • Virginia Center for Spine and Sports Therapy 2820 Waterford Lake Dr Suite 103 Midlothian, VA 23112 (map)

Course Description

The Eclectic Approach to TMD presents a modern manual therapy look at the evaluation and treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction. There is a lack of knowledge in the screening and treatment of this condition which may be affecting many of your upper quarter patients, especially those with concurrent headaches and/or cervical dysfunction. The Eclectic Approach uses Movement Screen and a Repeated Motions Exam to help classify the patient and find relevant movement and motor control issues. A strong emphasis on modern Pain Science Education and home exercises is used to make the patient independent of passive care. Manual therapy uses The EDGE Tool for Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation or IASTM, as well as joint mobilization for the upper cervical spine and TMJ, function mobilization, and thrust manipulation of the cervical and upper thoracic regions.


Participants will be able to

  • describe the relevant cervicocraniomandibular anatomy

  • describe the effects of head/neck posture on mandible position

  • perform a UQ Movement Screen and Repeated Motions Exam to help classify the patient for movement strategies and manual therapy

  • educate the patient on self care and self assessment

  • perform a variety of soft tissue and joint mobilization/thrust manipulation to reset the patient’s nervous system



  • Online



  • Lecture 3 hours

    • Introduction and Q&A - 1 hour 38 min

    • Upper Quarter Screening - 1 hour 8 min

    • Upper Quarter Screening pt. 1 - 13 min

    • Upper Quarter Screening pt. 2 - 29 min

    • Passive Cervical Retraction & Side Bending - 29 min

  • IASTM - 23 min

  • TMJ - 13 min

  • Shoulder - 12 min

    • Day 2 Q&A - 29 min

  • TMJ Mobilizations - 20 min

  • Masseter - 13 min

  • Cervical Retraction & Side Bending Pec Minor & Upper Trap Inhibition Techniques - 10 min

  • Live Case #2 - 1 hour

  • Positional Inhibition of the Rhomboid - 14 min

  • Breathing Assessment - 29 min

  • Subcranial Sheer Distraction - 9 min

  • Bruxing - 20 min

  • Quadriped Lumbar Lock Rotation & Positional Inhibition - 9 min

  • Recap - 23 min

  • Thoracic Spine IASTM - 8 min

  • Conclusion Q&A - 6 min

  • Keeping the Window of Improvement Open - 5 min

  • Marketing TMD - 3 min

  • 5 Exercises for TMJ Dysfunction - 6 min


Total available for CEU consideration 10.5 hours


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