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Rev Stomatol Chir Maxillofac. 2009 Apr;110(2):77-80. doi: 10.1016/j.stomax.2008.05.010. Epub 2009 Jan 21.

[Massage of the lateral pterygoid muscle in acute TMJ dysfunction syndrome].

[Article in French]

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Service de stomatologie, chirurgie maxillofaciale, plastique et reconstructrice, CHU de Strasbourg, 1, place de l'Hôpital, BP 426, 67091 Strasbourg cedex, France. Philippe.Barriere@chru-strasbourg.fr

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Massage of the lateral pterygoid muscle according to Cyriax's principles is an unrecognized procedure. This procedure was tried on patients presenting with temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

Fifteen patients were treated. Pain, joint clicking, measurement of mouth opening, lateral excursion and propulsion were recorded. Assessment was made before and after the massage in the same consultation.

RESULTS:

Joint clicking was solved in 80% and pain in 50% of the cases. Mouth opening increased by 12.8%, propulsion by 11.6% and lateral excursion by 41.3%.

DISCUSSION:

Massage of the lateral pterygoid muscle according to Cyriax's principles is a simple and efficient method that can be recommended for patients presenting with temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome. We performed a brief anatomical and radiological MRI study supporting the feasibility of lateral pterygoid muscle palpation.

PMID:
19162287
DOI:
10.1016/j.stomax.2008.05.010
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