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     Katrina updated 3 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 4 Posts
  • Nicole Sloan

    December 29, 2020 at 8:57 am

    What are your thoughts on botox? My dentist is recommending I get botox injections in (maybe near. not sure) the jaw joint. I have clenched my teeth for decades. I’m only 4 weeks in to this jaw treatment and I have stopped making progress and I feel constant tension around the jaw joint. I am not a fan of injecting things in my body so I really don’t want to do botox but wanted to get your opinion.

  • Katrina

    December 29, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It’s the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism. Basically, the toxin paralyzes the muscles which creates the effect people are looking for. The effects only last for 3-4 months although it possibly can last longer as the facial muscles lose their strength.

    I agree with you that I would not want to inject poison especially since it is not a permanent solution. However, I am not a dentist and do not know your case specifically. Maybe ask your dentist if there are any alternate solutions.

    I personally have had good results with Rolfing/Structural Integration for muscular tightness particularly in the jaw area (I used to have TMJ but used this to help it). Basically, it is a really intense, therapeutic massage that is very specific in terms of the fascia work and body alignment. The results would depend on the skill of the practitioner though. I have a practitioner that I recommend in the Phoenix area although she is hard to get in to see – It was the referral I gave you for the shoulder work actually.

    Good luck with getting that resolved!

  • Nicole Sloan

    December 30, 2020 at 5:52 am

    Wow – I didn’t think botox was good but that sounds scary. Can I please get name of that lady again? I will call her to see if we can try what you did for TMJ. Thanks!!

    • Katrina

      December 30, 2020 at 2:03 pm

      Yes, I’ll message it to you 🙂

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