How chiropractors are involved with ICCMO
The International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics (ICCMO) is a society of health care professionals who have a common interest in the anatomy and physiology of occlusion, jaw function and orthopedics dysfunction with resultant symptoms in the head and neck.
Chiropractors have long focused on joint biomechanics and fixations, but a small, yet growing group of chiropractors is even more focused on a central neurological basis for aberrant joint motion and muscular imbalance.
Amongst those chiropractors, is a group of chiropractors who specialize and/or focus their practice on the cranial cervical junction misalignments in that region can directly affect cranial nerve and brainstem function associated with aberrant head and neck posture.
Using image guided, controlled forces delivered by hand or instrument, this method of chiropractic is extremely specific in its attempt to return the vertebra towards an appropriate neutral position. These upper cervical chiropractic specialists are progressively collaborating with dental professionals focusing on optimizing occlusion to co-manage difficult cases of craniomandibular dysfunction and its related disorders.
TMJ/TMD pain and neuromuscular chiropractic treatment
“No one of us alone is as smart as all of us together.” this Japanese proverb succinctly identifies the role of integration in healthcare.
Owing to the complexities and the complex interconnection of the temporal mandibular joints and the joints of the upper cervical spine and skull, collaborative efforts with neuromuscular dentists and upper cervical chiropractors can dramatically increase the percentage and predictability of positive outcomes in the treatment of TMJ disorders. Since both are linked to trauma, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, face, neck and shoulder pain, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction and Upper Cervical Subluxation, have much in common.
With the cranium comprising 50% of the temporomandibular joint, restored cranial balance can be a key component to restored TMJ biomechanics; therefore, to completely assess the craniomandibular joint, the cranial cervical junction should also be assessed. Conversely, temporomandibular joint dysfunction may prevent the upper cervical spine from stabilizing under upper cervical chiropractic care and the cycle of pain and dysfunction persists.
Another aspect of shared interest is the innervations from the branches of the Trigeminal nerve which has origins in the cervical spine. Upper Cervical chiropractors have a very good record with assisting patients with Trigeminal Neuralgia as well as all of the above mentioned disorders.
Benefit from our knowledge
Of course, the best way to integrate care is to initiate a dialogue between caregivers. Once integration of ideas and treatment are put into action, knowledge expansion, through shared experiences and collaborative research can emerge to further establish the relationships between craniomandibular joint dysfunction and associated disorders and spinal subluxations, especially of the cranial cervical junction.
The ICCMO fosters expansion of knowledge of the craniomandibular joint through its website and memberships. Joining the ICCMO can greatly expand the neuromuscular chiropractor’s knowledge of craniomandibular dysfunction and its interrelated cranial cervical functions while providing an inter-professional forum.
Learn from and share your knowledge with neuromuscular chiropractors and dentists. This will lead to new breakthroughs on how sub-specialists of separate healthcare professions can join together to better serve their mutual patients.