Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine if there was a basis for the treatment of temporomandibular disease (TMD) using the chiropractic protocol developed by Activator Methods, International.

SETTING:

Private, solo practice of an Activator advanced proficiency rated chiropractor with 15 years experience.

DESIGN:

Prospective case series.

PARTICIPANTS:

Nine adult volunteers with articular TMD recruited from the practice of the treating clinician. Main outcome measures Change from baseline to follow-up of Visual Analog Scale (VAS) for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain and maximum active mouth opening without pain.

INTERVENTIONS:

Full spine and TMJ adjusting in accordance with the advanced protocol of Activator Methods, International. Participants were typically seen 3 times per week for 2 weeks and according to individual progress thereafter for 6 more weeks.

RESULTS:

Eight participants completed outcome assessments. The median VAS decrease was 45 mm (range 21-71); all experienced improvement. The median increase of mouth opening was 9 mm (range 1-15); all showed improvement.

CONCLUSION:

The results of this prospective case series indicated that the TMD symptoms of these participants improved following a course of treatment using the Activator Methods, International protocol. Consequently, further investigation of this type of chiropractic treatment for patients with the articular type of TMD is warranted.


J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2003 Sep;26(7):421-5. [PMID:12975628]

Author information: DeVocht JW, Long CR, Zeitler DL, Schaeffer W.  Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, 741 Brady Street, Davenport, Iowa 52803, USA.

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