Category Archives: TMJ and Headaches

Late Night Health Radio Show, Mark Alyn talks with Marianne Ryan

Late Night Health Radio

Marianne Ryan was recently interviewed by Mark Alyn for his radio show on Late Night Health. Mark is a well-known and award-winning radio host based in Los Angeles and his show is broadcast on many major radio stations.
During the interview they discussed many aspects about the physical therapy profession. They first started talking about what a physical therapist can do, and how PT’s can help the listener if they are in pain or need to improve movement.
Mark admitted he really never knew what a physical therapist does until he went for PT  treatment for lower back pain one and a half years ago. He also mentioned that he was surprised most of his friends were not aware of what a physical therapist can do, and he wondered if Marianne knew why. Marianne went on to explain that there is a problem with consumer awareness, and even many doctors are not sure what a physical therapist can do.

The discussion continued and they talked about the different specializations in the physical therapy profession. There are some therapists who specialize in treating sports injuries, others may specialize in treating hand and wrist problems. Marianne Ryan mentioned that she works with a general populations of patients but also has advanced training in two specialties, Women’s Health and TMJ Pain.

TMJ dysfunctions can cause pain in the jaw, orofacial pain and headaches. Many people do not realize that there is a specific treatment program available with the right physical therapist.

MRPT Physical Therapy offers Women’s Health treatment programs for pelvic pain and issues related to pregnancy and postpartum. Stay tuned for furture shows where they will discuss an exciting new exercise program called Baby Bod® designed to flatten a woman’s postpartum belly. So far the Baby Bod® classes have been fabulously successful and MRPT Physical Therapy is looking forward to offering more classes this fall.
Listen to the show 

Secret TMJ Pain Relief.

Do you suffer from TMJ pain?

Does the pain get worse during the day, especially at work?

Watch this video to learn a fast and easy tip to relieve your pain. It takes all of 10 seconds and it is FREE and EASY to do anytime of the day.

Posture Posture Posture…..Is This You?

For years I have tried to educate my patients, friends and family on the importance of good posture.

In our current world, where we seem to spend over 50% of our waking hours either using a computer, texting on our iPhones, or reading our Kindles, most of us complain about headaches, back pain, neck pain and other forms of i Pain”.

Did you know that the typical american teenager sends or reads an average of 3,417 texts a month? (according to a new survey from the analytics firm Nielsen)

Here are 3 fabulous videos on posture. See how you can make some minor changes in your every day activities to reduce the risk of developing back and neck pain, arm and wrist strain, and repetitive stress injuries.
Enjoy and feel free to share with your friends!

Traveling for Business

On Your Cell Phone

At Home

Pain in the Jaw? It could be signs of a heart attack.

tn_Female TMJ painBy Marianne Ryan PT, OCS

Since I am a TMJ specialist, I see many patients who complain of jaw pain. One of the most important things we can do as physical therapists is to ask some specific questions during the initial visit to rule out other potential problems.

If someone complains of jaw pain I always make a point of asking when they feel the jaw pain, what makes it worse, and what makes it go away. If they feel jaw pain when exercising or during certain activities and if it goes away when they stop, I see a BIG RED FLAG.

Some of the most common heart attack symptoms may include chest pain which can spread to your shoulder and jaw. Pain in the shoulder or jaw may show up as early pre-heart attack symptoms and should be evaluated by your doctor. If the pain in your chest, shoulder or jaw is brought on by activity, such as walking, and then goes away with rest, it is important to report this to your doctor. Any pain that is brought on by activity and goes away with rest should be investigated as possible cardiac symptoms. 

Easy Headache Prevention

By Marianne Ryan PT, OCS

Are you waking up in the middle of the night with a stiff neck and a headache?

Before going to sleep there are a few things you can do to prevent waking up in pain.

Take 15 minutes to sooth your tired and stiff neck muscles. First use a moist heating pad for 12 minutes while lying on your pillows in bed. You can do this while catching up with your favorite night time reading.
Then try performing the following stretching exercises:

1. NECK ROTATION:  Turn head slowly to look over one shoulder. Hold  5 seconds while breathing softly. Repeat toward other shoulder. Do this 5 times towards each shoulder.

2. NECK SIDE BENDERS: While looking straight ahead, bend head towards one shoulder and hold for 5 counts. Breath softly and then bend head towards your other shoulder. Repeat this 5 times to each side.

3. SIDE BENDERS WITH ARM HOLD: Grasp right arm above your wrist, tilt your head towards the left while gently pulling down on right arm. Hold for 5 seconds while breathing gently. Repeat on the other side. Do this stretch 5 times on each side.

Note: Physical Therapy exercise pictures copyright VHI

iSick: How Cell Phones Can Harm Your Health

Think you can’t live without your iPhone or smart phone?

With hidden health dangers such as chronic headaches, neck, shoulder pain and E. coli, the question for mobile phone users may be: Can you live with it?

To read more click here

Are Your Headaches a Pain in the Neck?

Ouch! It is 3am and you woke up with another headache. As you reach for your neck you realize you can hardly move your head.

And now it happens every night.

Headaches can be caused by many things including sinus dysfunction, emotional stress, hormonal changes sleep dysfunction, and a reaction to certain types of foods.

A type of headache commonly overlooked or misdiagnosed is the cervical headache, (cervicogenic origin) which originates from soft tissue and bones in your neck. These headaches usually respond very well to treatment by a manual physical therapist who can release the stiff muscles and get your vertebrae moving optimally. Your therapist will assess you closely to determine the cause and appropriate treatment.

How do I know if I have headaches coming from my neck?
How do I know if a manual physical therapist can help me?

If you can say yes to 2 or more of the following questions, manual physical therapy can help you:

  • Do you feel tightness, tension or pain across the base of your skull, your forehead, temple area or base of your jaw?
  • Do you feel pain or tightness behind or around your eyes?
  • Are your symptoms made worse by remaining in the same posture for extended periods of time (especially sitting)?
  • Do you sometimes feel light headedness or dizziness with your headache?
  • Do you feel neck pain on the same side as the headache pain?

Comprehensive physical therapy treatment for cervicogenic headaches include:
– mobilization of your bones
– massage to release trigger points and stiffness in your muscles and other tissues in the neck
– specific exercises to both help to stabilize and stretch out those stiff neck muscles.