Title : "Tuina-massage" treatment of craniomandibular dysfunction
Craniomandibular Dysfunction (CMD) is characterized by clinical symptoms of the chewing muscles and/or the jaw joint and the related structures in the head and mouth. From the point of view of Chinese Medicine, CMD can be the result of a number of different pathogenic mechanisms: bi-blockages (occlusiones), yin energy deficiency in the kidney and liver functional systems (depletio yin renale et hepatici, shen gan yin) or energy deficiency (depletio, xu) in the spleen and stomach functional systems (oo. lienalis et stomachi, pi wei). In all these cases Tuina treatment, often in combination with other methods offered by Chinese Medicine, can contribute to an improvement or a complete remedy for the patient.
The author first of all describes suitable pain-alleviating and muscle-relaxing techniques for the area affected. The author then describes the procedure with regard to the three pathogenic mechanisms mentioned and indicates appropriate Tuina components. She concludes by explaining the therapy to be administered with the help of a case study.