TMD Manual Therapy

presented by Douglas Nelson

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For therapists who have a strong understanding of the underlying muscular, neurological, and psychological considerations around temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, precision neuromuscular therapy can serve as a useful intervention strategy. This course, with Doug Nelson, provides instruction on both intra-oral and extra-oral precision neuromuscular techniques to address TMJ pain throughout the progression of dysfunction. Therapists are shown how to evaluate the interincisal opening and the movements of the mandible, and how to apply treatment techniques to the temporalis, masseter, and lateral pteragoid. The course concludes with demonstrations of myofascial techniques for addressing TMJ pain.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Douglas Nelson, LMT, BCTMB, CNMT

    Douglas Nelson, LMT, BCTMB, CNMT

    Douglas Nelson is the founder of Precision NMT seminars, Doug has taught hundreds of seminars and to various populations from physician's conferences to educational seminars for lay people. Practicing massage therapy since 1977, he has studied with a host of great educators and worked in several clinical environments. He is the president of BodyWork Associates, a sixteen therapist massage therapy clinic in Champaign, IL which has been in operation since 1982. Doug still maintains a very active practice; he doesn't just teach, he has a busy personal practice (seeing over 1,100 client visits annually); the clinic is the laboratory for the development of PNMT. Doug has treated thousands of clients over the years, from the NBA to the NFL, factory workers,and high level musicians who suffer musculoskeletal pain. Doug is passionate about the efficacy of the work and has conducted many clinical research studies to investigate PNMT. He is a member of the International Myopain Association and the International Association for the Study of Pain and is also a regular columnist for Massage and Bodywork magazine. He is the author of Table Lessons: Insights in the Practice of Massage Therapy and The Mystery of Pain. He also contributed the chapter on fibromyalgia to the book Massage Therapy: Integrating Research and Practice. Doug was awarded the 2013 Massage Therapy Educator of the Year from the Illinois Chapter of the AMTA. He has spoken to numerous state and national AMTA conferences, both giving workshops and keynote addresses.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Introduction to Manual Therapy

    1. Introduction to Manual Therapy

    In this chapter, Doug Nelson introduces the rationale for using manual therapy for treating TMJ pain or dysfunction and demonstrates strategies for evaluating the interincisal opening, which provides a baseline for treatment and later re-evaluation.

  2. Intra-oral Manual Therapy

    2. Intra-oral Manual Therapy

    In this chapter, Doug Nelson discusses and demonstrates intra-oral manual therapy approaches to treating TMJ pain and dysfunction.

  3. External Manual Therapy

    3. External Manual Therapy

    The third chapter of this course applies the manual therapy approaches introduced in the previous chapter to external therapy, both as a complimentary approach or an alternative approach for therapists who are unable to practice intra-oral therapy.

  4. Myofascial Approaches

    4. Myofascial Approaches

    In the final chapter of this course, Doug Nelson demonstrates myofascial approaches to treating the temporalis, as an alternative to previously discussed methods.