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Cranio. 2015 Oct;33(4):256-62. doi: 10.1080/08869634.2015.1097303. Epub 2015 Dec 29.

Potential clinical application of masseter and temporal muscle massage treatment using an oral rehabilitation robot in temporomandibular disorder patients with myofascial pain.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Aichi-Gakuin University School of Dentistry , Nagoya, Japan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To investigate the safety, suitable treatment regimen, and efficacy of masseter and temporal muscle massage treatment using an oral rehabilitation robot.

METHODS:

Forty-one temporomandibular disorder (TMD) patients with myofascial pain (8 men, 33 women, median age: 46 years) were enrolled. The safety, suitable massage regimen, and efficacy of this treatment were investigated. Changes in masseter muscle thickness were evaluated on sonograms.

RESULTS:

No adverse events occurred with any of the treatment sessions. Suitable massage was at pressure of 10 N for 16 minutes. Five sessions were performed every 2 weeks. Total duration of treatment was 9·5 weeks in median. Massage treatment was effective in 70·3% of patients. Masseter muscle thickness decreased with treatment in the therapy-effective group.

CONCLUSION:

This study confirmed the safety of massage treatment, and established a suitable regimen. Massage was effective in 70·3% of patients and appeared to have a potential as one of the effective treatments for myofascial pain.

KEYWORDS:

Clinical trial; Massage; Masseter muscle; Myofascial pain; Robot; Sonography; Temporomandibular disorder

PMID:
26714800
DOI:
10.1080/08869634.2015.1097303
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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