Anatomy & Dysfunction of the TMJ

The TMJ or temporomandibular (jaw) joint is an incredibly hard working and complex synovial joint, that allows you to talk, eat, yawn, form facial expressions and also supports breathing. It is the only joint in the body that works bilaterally, which means that both sides of the joint work together to create movement. The TMJContinue reading “Anatomy & Dysfunction of the TMJ”

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome or ITBS is common injury among runners and cyclists, which affects the Iliotibial band (IT Band) that runs from the hip to the knee along the lateral side of the thigh. There are a few possible causes, but mostly this injury is related to overuse and repetition. This results in pain onContinue reading “Iliotibial Band Syndrome”

The Scientific Benefits of Massage

There is significant evidence supporting the inclusion of massage therapy for many important patient health treatments, including those for chronic pain management (such as back pain, headache, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, neck and shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, and hospice care), behavioral health treatment (anxiety and stress, depression, PTSD, and substance use disorder recovery), rehabilitation/physical training (athleticContinue reading “The Scientific Benefits of Massage”

Piriformis Syndrome

The piriformis is a fairly small muscle found deep within the hip joint, under the gluteus maximus muscle. The piriformis attaches the anterior surface of the sacrum (second to last section of the spine), and the head of the femur (large thigh bone); and it is surrounded by a handful of other small muscles. TogetherContinue reading “Piriformis Syndrome”

Crossed Muscle Syndrome

Upper Crossed Syndrome and Lower Crossed Syndrome are two surprisingly common postural issues, that are caused by imbalances in muscle function. These issues arise when opposing (antagonistic) muscles are no longer working in harmony, and instead one group of muscles become “short” or “over facilitated” and the other group become “weak” or “inhibited”. Both groupsContinue reading “Crossed Muscle Syndrome”