Benefit from the knowledge and experience of others
Membership of the International College of Cranio Mandibular Orthopedics or ICCMO is not just open to dentists but any professionals who either play a role in treating jaw disorders or have an interest in this area. It is through organizations like ours that a better understanding of disorders such as temporomandibular disorder (TMD) can improve patient outcomes. Our website provides a platform for caring professionals to gain answers from other professionals while adding to the knowledge base too.
If you are a dentist, massage therapist, physiotherapist, chiropractor or physician you can benefit from others’ areas of expertise and experience. It doesn’t matter where you are around the world as our organization is international and our patients are too. The ICCMO is a worldwide organization of dentists and other health-care professionals who share a particular approach to treating joint disorders using neuromuscular dentistry methods.
The focus of our professional organization is on occlusion, or how the teeth come together. If a patient’s bite is misaligned, this can mean excess strain takes place on the jaw joints, which invariably means pain is passed via the trigeminal nerve to other areas of the body. This is called temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD.
How health-care providers can partner to provide better care
If you are a physiotherapist, your skills could be invaluable when treating TMJ pain. This pain could be a result of an injury, like whiplash, stress, arthritis, teeth grinding and clenching.
If you are asked by a patient’s dentist or doctor to conduct a physical examination of the TMJ’s flexibility when it moves sideways or up, down you will be able to detect the extent of mobility of the joint. You may also be able to tell how well the muscles inside the mouth are working.
From your observations you should have an idea how your physiotherapy skills can assist the sufferer or you may even be able to recommend another health professional, like a massage therapist. You may even find the patient’s dentist wants you to be a partner in alleviating the symptoms of TMJ pain by using your specialized techniques alongside his or hers.
More knowledge for you and better care for your patients
Patients who encounter TMJ pain and the problem it causes in everyday life are only too happy to find that final solution to their suffering, even if this means accessing treatment from a variety of different professionals.
A neuromuscular dentist can realign the jaw through the use of diagnostic tools, muscle relaxation techniques and even the placement of a plastic orthotic appliance that keeps the jaw in a better position.
There might be the need for further treatment that a massage therapist or physiotherapist is better able to perform than a dentist. Any professional who handles patient pain always puts the patient first even if he or she recommends another health care professional like you to play a role in alleviating a patient’s suffering.
Get connected with other TMD healthcare providers
If you treat patients who have neuromuscular disorders then joining our organization, the ICCMO, you will never look back as one of our members will always be keen to connect with to either share their knowledge or seek to learn something from you.
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