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Our bodies are miraculous, designed to heal and rejuvenate. Whether it is personal, injury, or medical reasons, we may need a little assistance which can be achieved through Therapeutic Massage and Reiki. The combination of energy work and the manual manipulation of your soft tissues- promotes relaxation & stress reduction, relief of pain/soreness/tension, improved circulation, and a sense of overall health and well being, just to name a few... Your Escape from Reality exists to meet and exceed the needs of our clients by providing quality services in a professional atmosphere. All sessions are customized to each individual. All Therapeutic services will be conducted in a comfortable, relaxing and respectful manor. Your Escape from Reality provides relief from pain, stress, and reality itself upon departure. Your Escape From Reality is Owned and Operated by Kristina Davis, NC LMBT#12487. Kristina Davis is a North Carolina Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist and a Certified Reiki II Practitioner. Kristina Davis has demonstrated proficiency in the following modalities; Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Chair Massage (Basic & Deep Tissue), Foot Reflexology, Muscle testing, Myofasical, Neuromuscular, Sports Massage, Prenatal Massage, Spa Modalities (Beginning & Advanced), Aromatherapy (Beginning & Advanced), and The Healing Art of Reiki.

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TMJD Basics - From The TMJ Association

What Are Temporomandibular Disorders?
Temporomandibular Disorders (TMJD), commonly called TMJ, are a complex and poorly understood set of conditions characterized by pain in the jaw joint and surrounding tissues and limitation in jaw movements. Injury and other conditions that routinely affect other joints in the body, such as arthritis, also affect the temporomandibular joint. One or both joints may be involved and depending on the severity, can affect a person's ability to speak, eat, chew, swallow, make facial expressions, and even breathe.
Also included under the heading of TMJD are conditions involving the jaw muscles. These may accompany the jaw joint problems or occur independently. They are often confused with jaw joint problems because they produce similar signs and symptoms.

Comorbid (Overlapping) Conditions
Researchers have found that temporomandibular disorders often occur along with other - often painful- conditions in other parts of the body, prompting studies in search of a common factor underlying them all. Among these conditions are chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic headache, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome, sleep disorders, and vulvodynia. Moreover, certain medical conditions such as Ehlers-Danlose syndrome, dystonia, Lyme disease, and scleroderma may affect the temporomandibular joint.

Who is Affected?
Approximately 35 million people in the United States suffer from TMJ problems at any given time. While both men and women experience these disorders, the majority of those seeking treatment are women in their childbearing years. The ratio of women to men increases with the severity of symptoms, approaching 9 to 1 for patient with major limitations in jaw movements and chronic, unrelenting pain.

Causes
Although the cause of most of these disorders is not known, there are some known contributing factors to the development of these disorders.
Among them are:
• autoimmune diseases

• infections

• injuries to the jaw area

• dental procedures

• stretching of the jaw as occurs with inserting a breathing tube before surgery

• various forms of arthritis

Genetic, hormonal, and environmental factors can also increase the risk for TMJD. Studies have shown that a particular gene variant increases sensitivity to pain and this variant has been found to be more prevalent among TMJD patients than among the populations at large. The observation that TMJD are commonly found in women in their childbearing years has also led to research to determine the role of female sex hormones in these disorders. Environmental factors such as habitual gum chewing or sustained jaw positions may also contribute to TMJD.

Diagnosis of TMJ Disorders
At present, there is no widely accepted, standard diagnostic test to identify all TMJD. Because the exact cause and symptoms are not clear, identifying these disorders can be difficult and confusing. The American Association for Dental Research recommends that a diagnosis of TMJD or related orofacial pain conditions should be based primarily on information obtained from the patient's history and a clinical examination of the head and neck.

In addition to a detailed history and a careful clinical examination, imaging studies of the teeth and jaws may sometimes be helpful as a diagnostic tool. These include: routine dental x-rays and panoramic radiographs, computed tomography (CT or CAT scan), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Scintigraphy (Bone scan).
Blood tests are sometimes recommended to rule out possible medical conditions as a cause of the problem.
Before undergoing any costly diagnostic test, it is always wise to get an independent opinion from another health care provider of your choice and one not associated with your current provider.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
The Pain of TMJD is often described as a dull, aching pain which comes and goes in the jaw joint and nearby areas. Some people, however, report no pain, but still have problems using their jaws.
Symptoms can include:
• pain in the jaw muscles

• pain in the neck and shoulders

• chronic headaches

• jaw muscle stiffness

• limited movement or locking of the jaw

• ear pain, pressure

• painful clicking, popping or grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth

• a bite that feels "off"

Less common symptoms include: ringing in the ears (tinnitus), dizziness, and vision problems.

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Did You Know: Fewer than 10% of babies are born on their exact due date, 50% are born within one week of the due date, and 90% are born within two weeks of the date.

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What makes your knuckles pop?

If you've ever laced your fingers together, turned your palms away from you and bent your fingers back, you know what knuckle popping sounds like. Joints produce that CRACK when bubbles burst in the fluid surrounding the joint.

Joints are the meeting points of two separate bones, held together and in place by connective tissues and ligaments. All of the joints in our bodies are surrounded by synovial fluid, a thick, clear liquid. When you stretch or bend your finger to pop the knuckle, you're causing the bones of the joint to pull apart. As they do, the connective tissue capsule that surrounds the joint is stretched.

By stretching this capsule, you increase its volume. And as we know from chemistry class, with an increase in volume comes a decrease in pressure. So as the pressure of the synovial fluid drops, gases dissolved in the fluid become less soluble, forming bubbles through a process called cavitation. When the joint is stretched far enough, the pressure in the capsule drops so low that these bubbles burst, producing the pop that we associate with knuckle cracking.

It takes about 25 to 30 minutes for the gas to redissolve into the joint fluid. During this period of time, your knuckles won't crack. Once the gas is redissolved, cavitation is once again possible, and you can start popping your knuckles again.

As for the harms associated with this habit, according to Anatomy and Physiology Instructors' Cooperative, only one in-depth study regarding the possible detriments of knuckle popping has been published. This study, done by Raymond Brodeur and published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, examined 300 knuckle crackers for evidence of joint damage. The results revealed no apparent connection between joint cracking and arthritis; however, habitual knuckle poppers did show signs of other types of damage, including soft tissue damage to the joint capsule and a decrease in grip strength. This damage is most likely a result of the rapid, repeated stretching of the ligaments surrounding the joint. A professional baseball pitcher experiences similar, although obviously heightened, effects in the various joints of his pitching arm. But assuming you haven't signed a multimillion dollar contract to constantly pop your knuckles, it hardly seems worth the possible risk to your joints.

On the positive side, there's evidence of increased mobility in joints right after popping. When joints are manipulated, the Golgi tendon organs (a set of nerve endings involved in humans' motion sense) are stimulated and the muscles surrounding the joint are relaxed. This is part of the reason why people can feel "loose" and invigorated after leaving the chiropractor's office, where cavitation is induced as part of the treatment. Backs, knees, elbows and all other movable joints are subject to the same kind manipulation as knuckles are.

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