Effectiveness of trigger point release technique and jaw exercise in patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction–an experimental study
Rincy Rajan Mathew, Sibi Daniel Joseph
Objectives: To analyse the effectiveness of Trigger point release technique and Jaw exercise in patients with temporomandibular dysfunction.Background: Pain is the primary factor that limits the patient in a functional aspect, the study aims at deducing this factor by combining trigger point therapy and jaw exercise in the management of pain in patients with acquired temporomandibular disordersDesign: Pre and posttest experimental design.Setting: The Oxford Dental College, the Oxford College of Physiotherapy.Methodology: This study included 30 subjects with acquired temporomandibular joint disorders, between the age group of 25-40yrs, they were divided into two groups, experimental (trigger point release&jaw exercise) group & control (NSAIDs) groups randomly. Experimental group was treated with trigger point release therapy followed by jaw exercises andcontrol group were treated with NSAIDs each subject in the experimental group was treated for a period of 15 consecutive days with one session of treatment per day. Pre and post VAS scale and maximal mouth opening range was measured.Results: Paired t-test was used for statistical analysis and results showed significant reduction in pain and improvement in function in the experimental group when compared with control group.Conclusion: This study shows that there is a significant reduction of pain in patients with acquired temporomandibular joint disorders when treated with trigger point therapy and jaw exercises as compared to treatment with NSAIDS, and that there is a significant effect of trigger point therapy and jaw exercises in the management of pain in patients with acquired temporomandibular joint disorders.
Rincy Rajan Mathew, Sibi Daniel Joseph. Effectiveness of trigger point release technique and jaw exercise in patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction–an experimental study. International Journal of Medical Science and Clinical Research, Volume 3, Issue 3, 2021, Pages 13-17