Jaw Pain

Jaw Pain and Numb Hands

A train driver came in complaining of bilateral numbness in the hands. After some discussion and understanding their history I decided to use NKT to see if we can find any neuromuscular contributors.

I started off testing their grip. We had a bilateral weakness. We continued up towards the head and neck. I tested the neck flexors and extensors, both were strong. I then tested both sets of scalenes, they were both weak. Whilst looking for another structure in the body that may be in relation to these tests I found a tender R masseter. I tested the grip and scalenes in relation to the masseter, we had a significant response.

I released the R masseter and activated both scalenes. We then retested the grip and scalenes, all became strong.

My thoughts are that the scalenes have become inhibited due to a possible head or neck injury a few years ago. This inhibition of the scalenes has lead to compression of the brachial plexus, which is the never group that travels from the neck, down the arms and into the hands. If we bring function back to the scalenes we might be able to reduce the compression on this never group and thus reduce the numbness.

We will continue to work on our corrective strategy and monitor the symptoms, as we progress.

Jaw Problems Turn Into Hip Problems

A young swimmer came into the clinic complaining about their stroke being erratic and their turns being off balanced. During our screening I noticed that thee was an obvious lateral rib shift and global imbalance. Generally when I see and postural shifts I always like to see what the muscles around the hips and thorax are doing. We continued with our NKT assessment.

I had found the left QL inhibited and neurologically underachieve and right QL very tight and overactive. I also checked is TFL’s, the left was also inhibited. Its apparent that we have a lateral sub-system relationship here, but my question was, why?

After further investigation I found a nasty L medial Pterygoid tender to touch. Using my NKT protocols I tested the QLs in relation with the left Pterygoid, there was an obvious relationship here. 

I released the left Pterygoid, R QL and activated the L QL. This reset made a big improvement within the QLs and TMJ but I still had a weak TFL. There was something else contributing to the TFL’s inhibition. 

When testing the TFL I noticed the same side foot would turn in as we did the test. Using palpation I found a nasty Tibialis Posterior. Again using NKT protocols I checked to see if there was a dysfunctional relationship at play, and surprise surprise there was. We released the tib post and activated the TFL. This brought function back to the TFL and to the hips. 

We rechecked posture. We made a solid improvement in just 60mins. With some corrective exercise this young swimmer will be back to their best once again.