New referral partners

I’ve made some additions to my referral partners for TMJ Relief:

  • Brodie Lane Dental
  • Dr. William C. Snow, DDS, on Medical Parkway
  • Dr. Vinay Parameswara and Dr. Aditi Sule in Oak Hill
  • Austin Wellness Collaborative
  • Dr. Franklin Bonasso, oral surgeon

These professionals are among those who are interested in referring patients to me for TMJ sessions, and I want to return the favor. If you’re looking for a doctor, dentist, oral surgeon, or chiropractor, check out this list. It includes the part of Austin they are located in.

In training later this week

I’m taking a long-awaited class in Zero Balancing November 1-4 at the Lauterstein-Conway Massage School. It’s called “Zero Balancing Expanded: Addressing the Skull.” This is the first time it’s being taught in Austin, and five ZB teachers who are training to teach this course worldwide are coming to participate as teaching assistants.

I will be out of the office Thursday afternoon, all day Friday, and all day Saturday this week. I return to the office on Tuesday, November 6, so if you’re thinking of booking an appointment this week, make it Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday morning.

Screen Shot 2018-10-29 at 10.02.40 PMAlthough the teacher, Judith Sullivan of Charlottesville, VA, is an accomplished craniosacral therapist and teacher of craniosacral therapy through the Upledger Institute, I’ve read her book Zero Balancing Expanded: The Attitude of Awaiting a Fish, and it is not about craniosacral therapy. It is more about the artful places that therapists can touch the skull that Judith has learned from decades of practice. It uses ZB principles to release stuck energy.

We all realize that our skulls/heads/craniums are extraordinary places on our bodies. The head is a huge ground for discovery. This training is so needed.

If you know me at all, you know I love integrating techniques after listening to what the body needs. What I learn in this class will be fun to experiment with and a huge addition to my skull-oriented skills.

I am mailing in my application to become certified in Zero Balancing to get the ball rolling on that process. I am so pleased to include this modality in my repertoire. I do stand-alone ZB sessions, and I integrate it with biodynamics, TMJ Relief, and more. It makes so much sense to get the body’s structure aligned and energy flowing and then build on that.

If you’re not familiar with ZB but are intrigued, it is a blend of traditional Chinese medicine and manual osteopathic therapy. It began being developed in the 1970s.

I don’t pretend to understand how it works, but it’s the most transformative technique I know for the time spent doing it (20-45 minutes).

To understand the range of responses, read my previous post, What People Say After a Zero Balancing Session.

Referral partners for TMJ Relief

I am happy to announce my referral partners among Austin, Texas, wellness practitioners. If you’re looking for a dentist, chiropractor, or doctor in Austin, these professionals care about their patients enough to refer TMJ cases to me, and in turn I refer people to them.

I include their locations because as big as Austin is getting, that can make a difference.

Dr. Elizabeth Rayne, DDS, is the first dentist who asked for my business cards after learning I do craniosacral therapy and TMJ sessions. Thank you! She’s known for her holistic practice in Austin. She’s located in south central Austin at Ben White and Bannister.

Dr. Sue Muschett, DC, of Synergy Chiropractic & Bodywork has been sending patients with TMJ pain/dysfunction to me. Her patients have told me how helpful and generous she is. Sue is also a massage therapist, a great combination of skills, and she is an expert on how to improve your movement with specific exercises. She’s located in south central Austin near Ben White and Manchaca.

Dr. Sid Cunningham, DDS, located in south Austin at William Cannon and I-35, heard about my TMJ Relief work first-hand from Dr. Sue and requested my business cards. I met with him. He’s a caring dentist with a lot of experience and connections. If you have jaw pain or dysfunction, Dr. Cunningham can accommodate you in tending to your dentistry needs.

Dr. Ameet Trivedi, DDS, of Honest Family Dental (south Austin near I-35 and Ben White) is someone I met through the Austin Wellness Collaborative. He cares about his patients, researches and adopts new technologies, and is connected with those who can provide advanced services when needed. He can work with your needs if you have jaw pain or dysfunction. Also, his office has the cutest little poodle name Mushroom (whom I believe serves as a therapy dog).

By the way, the Austin Wellness Collaborative is a group of health care professionals with a searchable online directory. Members practice numerous modalities from acupuncture to yoga.

November 2018 additions: I’m adding Dr. Vinay Parameswara of Oak Hill Wellness Center (southwest Austin near William Cannon and 290). He’s an integrative doctor who takes health insurance, including Medicare. He’s my doctor, and I just love how he really listens, asks questions, and takes notes to get to the root of a problem rather than just treating symptoms. He’s the most highly educated doctor I know, yet very down to earth. He works with his wife Dr. Aditi Sule, and she’s a pediatrician.

Also, Brodie Lane Dental (Dr. Statz, southwest Austin on Brodie near William Cannon) has my cards and invitations, as does the office of Dr. William C. Snow (centrally located on Medical Parkway), both new additions to the list of dentists with whom I have referral partnerships.

Dr. Franklin Bonasso, DDS, is an oral surgeon located near 32nd and Red River in central Austin. When TMJ clients have jaw problems that I am unable to resolve, Dr. Bonasso can order an MRI to view the jaws in motion and pinpoint the issue. Most jaw issues involve some muscle tension, and occasionally it’s more complicated. Dr. Bonasso has a very good reputation in Austin for doing jaw surgery right when it’s the right thing to do.

If you are a dentist, physical therapist, doctor, or otherwise provide services to people experiencing jaw pain and/or dysfunction and are interested in a referral partnership, and you would like to be included here, please contact me.

Treating TMJ issues: videos of self-care techniques

If you suffer from jaw pain, you may want to try some of these jaw exercises and self-massage techniques.

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TMJ Exercises & Stretches to Relieve Jaw Pain — Ask Dr. Jo. 3:03. Dr. Jo is a physical therapist who demonstrates four simple exercises.

TMJ Massage: Pressure Points for Relief by MassageByHeather.com. 3:43. Massage therapist Heather Wibbels shows you four acupressure points for jaw pain. You hold them bilaterally for 30 seconds up to 2 minutes. If you’re looking for something you can do on an airplane without attracting too much attention, do these.

Absolute Best TMJ Treatment You Can Do Yourself for Quick Relief. 5:48. “Bob and Brad, the two most famous physical therapists on the internet” (as their theme song goes) show you how to massage your external jaw muscles.

10 Best TMJ Exercises to Stop Pain in Your Jaw. 11:57. Bob and Brad show you the standard relaxed position for your jaw along with several exercises. They cite the American Academy of Family Physicians as the source for these exercises. Start saving popsicle sticks!

TMJ Exercises #1, 11:25. Chiropractor Adam Fields demonstrates exercises for the back of the neck, which is often tight when you have TMD, tongue exercises, and massage, ending with a relaxation exercise. In TMJ Exercises #2, 10:07, he focuses on massaging the muscles that open and close your jaw. He helps you tie the jaw exercises and massage into really good posture — a good habit that will help relieve jaw tension.

Yoga to Release Jaw Tension from Grinding Teeth, Clenching, TMJ. 10:26. Karuna demonstrates self-massage to release jaw tension, including a technique you can do right before you go to sleep that may prevent clenching and grinding while asleep.

I’m interested in hearing back from you about which exercises help you the most. If you’ve found other helpful videos about TMJ self-care, please let me know.

Special offer: Craniosacral therapy for the upper jaw

You may be aware that I am continuing my training in craniosacral therapy, and in preparation for a class this August, I am offering a technique that you might benefit from. It’s craniosacral therapy for the hard palate, which uses a very light touch to listen to and adjust facial and upper jaw bones and soft tissues.
This technique is recommended for people who:
  • have had TMJ issues
  • have worn braces
  • have had bridges that cross the upper midline
  • have had teeth extracted (especially molars)
  • have experienced facial or head trauma
  • believe they could benefit
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It would be my honor to work with you.
I am happy to offer you up to three sessions at a reduced rate of $70 per session. I’m offering up to three because some of you may want to experience a TMJ Relief session (which I’ve been offering for a few years), and you may also be interested in receiving a full-body craniosacral therapy session (which I’ve also been offering for a few years) before we do a hard palate session.
If you’d like to receive this work, please schedule one to three 60-minute sessions to take place before close of business on Friday, August 3, 2018.
May you experience great ease and joy!