Karen discovered Dr. Insolera and the TMJ & Sleep Center after suffering from a crossbite for years. The crossbite developed over time, and Karen was visiting massage therapists to help with the pain brought on by poor posture. After being told multiple times by other doctors that she needed jaw surgery, TMJ & Sleep Center stepped in. Dr. Insolera was able to cure her crossbite and lead her to a pain-free life.
When Karen wanted to stop suffering from her crossbite and forward head posture, she turned to TMJ & Sleep Center. Since childhood, she was positioned with jaw surgery as a solution to her problems, but that felt like an extreme measure to take. She was nervous about the possible risks and potential complications, hoping that there was a better solution.
As an adult, Karen started receiving treatment for chronic neck and back pain. After a massage therapist mentioned TMJ, she decided to do some research. From the first cure consult with Dr. Insolera, the pieces were put together that Karen’s back and neck pain was caused by her TMJ. With a crossbite, the muscles in the jaw are not only out of place but they are asymmetrical, which makes the jaw bone more susceptible to traveling further back and up within the skull.
After the first meeting, Karen started treatment as soon as she could. She went through a process of different orthotics, meant to strengthen the muscles and get them aligned to the proper place. Once a stable muscle base was established, she was given a face mask to wear while sleeping. This face mask helped get the jaw and muscles aligned overnight, but did not interfere with sleep at all. Paired with regular swimming and yoga, Karen’s posture was restored and muscles brought into place.
Living a Pain-Free Life
Since her time with TMJ & Sleep Center, Karen has been able to eliminate her chronic back and neck pain. Her crossbite that she has been living with since childhood has also been fixed, and she loves her new smile. Looking back at it, she is happy that she decided to say no to surgery, and wouldn’t change a thing.