Welcome to our website which contains information about Temperomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders, headaches, migraines, tinnitus, etc., the history and rationale of our study group and the list of our practitioners.

The Temporo Mandibular Joint (TMJ) is the medical name given to the jaw joint. It is made up of the lower jaw which articulates against a disc in the cup shaped depression of the skull by the ear. If the lower jaw is displaced it can cause the disc to come away from its correct position and dislocate, causing a clicking and grating noise when the mouth opens.

When the TMJ dislocates it can cause symptoms of headaches, migraines, neckache, tinnitus, fatigue and pain to name but a few. Patients will often grind their teeth at night, have difficulty opening wide, click or grate in the TMJ when opening and have some pain in the joint area itself in front of the ear.

There is some exciting research and work being done where orthodontics and surgery on deranged TMJ's has helped patients with Muscle Movement Disorders, Tourettes, Blepharospasm and Dystonias.

The diagnosis is crucial in understanding and treating the problem. The full examination will involve, muscle testing, ranges of motion, analysis, X-rays and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Treatment can involve wearing splints and braces on the teeth to realign the jaw into its correct position. In the majority of cases this eliminates all of the symptoms, especially the headaches and migraines. Occasionally surgery may be needed to complete this treatment.

Some of the numerous and varied symptoms which can occur are listed below:

  • Headaches / Migraines
  • Jaw joint clicking or grating
  • Jaw clenching and Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Sleep Apnoea 
  • Atypical Facial Pain & neuralgias
  • Facial muscle aches and tics
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Ear pain, tinnitus, hearing loss
  • Muscle Movement Disorders
A multi-disciplinary approach is needed for some patient's. Podiatry, Osteopathy, Chiropractics, Cranial work, Massage Therapy, Pscychiatry, Physiotherapy, Nutritionists and other Allied Proffesionals.

Benefits of joining the BSSCMD (The British Society for the Study of Cranio-Mandibular Disorders)

  • The BSSCMD (now joined with the Cranio Group) is an International Study Group of Health Care and Allied Professionals who have a particular interest in the treatment of disorders of the cranio- mandibular-cervical system (also known as "TMD or TMJD"). Members are mainly Dentists and Orthodontists (65%) plus Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Cranio-Sacral therapists, Alexander teachers, etc. 
  • The Cranio Group was started in 1992 and the BSSCMD in 1994. It is now chaired and run by Dr. André Hedger. 
  • We have members from Britain, Ireland, Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. 
  • Dr.Noel Stimson who has many years of experience in this field publishes the Society’s journal ‘Cranio UK’ biannually. It is available (free of charge) to BSSCMD members. 
  • Membership costs £100 a year for UK and overseas members. This can be paid annually or quarterly. Students and 1st year post-graduates pay only £20 a year. 
  • Members of the public who are interested in the BSSCMD approach and methods can find information and contact details of practitioners in their area as well as case histories and research into the effect of mercury, fluoride and nutrition on their teeth and general health. 
  • To join, print out and complete the application form and mail (by Post) to the organizer (address on the form). As a member you will have access (by password) to the 'Members Only' section of this website, which contains copies of earlier issues of our journal Cranio View, Research Papers as well as a selection of recently-published significant articles.

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  • Hi Andre, I'm basically writing to say thank you. Before treatment I had minor locking, clicking, headache pain, neck pain. Now I have minor clicking and no pain whatsoever. I literally cannot remember the last time I had a headache. I reckon many of your patients don'
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  • I had been having severe back pain for approximately 15 years; I was on constant anti inflammatory medication and pain killers and seeing my chiropractor regularly. I was referred to a specialist orthodontist who explained I had a deep bite and extractions of my first p
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    Mrs.U.R (Jersey)
  • My son suffered with asthma and eczema and was later diagnosed with the serious condition neuro fibromatosis and he was on a lot of antibiotics and steroids . I realized conventional medicine would not only not cure him but was also making him worse. For years Homeopath
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    F .Le Lu (Jersey)
  • You may remember that we came to you with our daughter in April 2007. She was being treated unsuccessfully at Mayday Hospital for what you were able to diagnose as TMJ dysfunction. A splint was made for her to wear over her bottom teeth and this gave her considerable re
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    Mr. & Mrs. R, Kenley Surrey
  • Having experienced a lot of pain for a number of years I discovered quite by chance through a friend the work Helen had been doing for TMJ, after the second visit to have a splint fitted, I went home to London and from Haslemere to London the difference was unbelievable
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    Mr T.H. from Richmond
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Latest Events

International Congress on Temporomandibular Joint-Disorders

Topic - The GP's approach to TMD with emphasis on Muscle Movement Disorders, including Tourettes and the influence of nutrition on facial growth. Registration online at  19th November 2015 - the Bimler cup golf tournament 20-21 November
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Integrating Dental Orthopaedics and physical Therapy

Integrating Dental Orthopaedics and physical Therapy to achieve whole body stability. Richard Dean M.Sc.L.D.S.R.C.S (Eng) B.D.S (Lond) Book Before end of Aug for £160 - otherwise £180 Contact Richard dean 01342 824580
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International Congress on Temporomandibular Joint Disorders - South Africa.pdf

International Congress on Temporomandibular Joint Disorders - South Africa In South Africa for the first time! 19th to the 21 November 2015 Dr Larry Wolford D.M.D, oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon Dr Andre Hedger B.D.S, L.D.S, R.C.S (Eng) See PDF for full details
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[also see InternationalCongressOnTMJ-SA.pdf]
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