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Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction in Brass Players: A Survey and Analysis of Related Literature

 
 

Copyright 2017, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Dowdy, D.
Journal Title: MA Thesis, Southeast Missouri State University
Date Published: 1991
Language: English
Category: Orofacial Disorders
Key Words: TMJ mouth brass musician literature instrument
Full Citation: Dowdy, Diane Muench. Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction in Brass Players: A Survey and Analysis of Related Literature. Master's thesis, Southeast Missouri State University, 1991.
Full Abstract: A conservative estimate of five percent of the population suffers from and seeks treatment for disorders of the temporomandibular joint. Approximately five percent of the wind instrumentalists also experience TMJ pain and dysfunction. A review of the literature was conducted to determine the physical characteristics and basic embouchure techniques associated with successful brass performance as well as how TMJ Dysfunction relates to or interferes with these characteristics. The symptoms and treatments of TMJ Dysfunction and how they affect the brass player were discussed. The research indicated that brass performance can aggravate or perpetuate and in some cases, possibly predispose TMJ Dysfunction in brass players. In addition, the symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction, particularly facial muscle pain, disc interference and limited range of motion, can affect the brass player. The relative advantages and disadvantages of irreversible and reversible treatments were also discussed.