TMJ Anatomy, Associated Pain, and Movement

presented by Douglas Nelson

Accreditation Check:
This course, with Doug Nelson, provides key anatomical and etiological context for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain and dysfunction. The course begins with a review of TMJ anatomy, and the physical findings that therapists can expect when TMJ pain is reported. Next, bruxism and its effect on dentition and TMJ dysfunction are discussed, as well as the intraday patterns of TMJ pain. Finally, different types of TMJ pain and their associated etiologies are discussed in conjunction with a discussion of the typical progression of TMJ pain.

Meet Your Instructor

  • 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. Anatomy

    1. Anatomy

    The first chapter of this course provides a review of the anatomical structures that make up and directly affect the temporomandibular joint.

  2. Etiology and Associated Pain

    2. Etiology and Associated Pain

    In this chapter, Doug Nelson describes the etiology of TMJ pain and characterizes the types of pain that are commonly associated with TMJ pain.

  3. Progression

    3. Progression

    In the final chapter of this course, Doug Nelson describes the typical progression of TMJ dysfunction and the effects on the motion of the TMJ throughout this progression. Key considerations for treatment during different stages of this progression, and client recommendations are also discussed.

Completion Requirements

If approved for CE credit in your discipline and state, a minimum score of 70% is required for OT/OTA, Nurse, LTCA, and RT. A minimum score of 80% is required for SW. No minimum score is required for other disciplines unless otherwise specified within the course.