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Repeated Injections of Botox into the Masseter Muscle... A Longitudinal Study

The authors of this study examined mandibular bone before and after subjects received Botox injections into each masseter muscle. These volunteers were healthy adults (22-48 years old), both male and female, who wanted injections to slim their faces.

Washington Post Article on TMD

The Washington Post recently featured an article on Temporomandibular Disorders. Below is an excerpt from that article and a link to the full story.

Partnering to Improve Chronic Pain Care

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) held three meetings this summer with the goal of developing the first public-private partnership (PPP) to develop safe and effective treatments for chronic pain, as well as new treatments for opioid addiction and overdose.

TMJ Patient RoundTable Project: Status Update

The TMJ Association is acting as the catalyst to develop the TMJ Patient RoundTable, a broad initiative to advance the interests of patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMD). It encompasses collaborations with all stakeholders and

Educational Brochures on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions

This brochure addresses what are Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions (COPCs), how COPCs are diagnosed, the complexity of the chronic pain experience, and how to work with your health care provider to develop a treatment plan. It is available by postal ma

#*!"@!**! ... May Help Your Pain... and Improve Strength!

  • May 31, 2017

Our headline is adopting the comic strip convention of using symbols to denote swear words because we are intrigued by a report that swearing may have some health benefits. Certainly in our personal lives, we all have felt the satisfaction of exclaiming some forbidden expletive when hitting our thumb with a hammer or as a way of relieving the deep frustration we experience after standing in line and when you reach the box office discovering that the show you wanted to see is sold out. But as a way to reduce pain? and increase strength? Well maybe...

Psychology investigators at Britain's Keele University have conducted a series of investigations in which they found that swearing made individuals more tolerant of pain. They went on to test whether swearing also increased individuals' ability to perform intense exercise and also deepened the strength of their handgrips. 

They tested 29 people in an intense anaerobic exercise regimen and found that their power increased after they had used swear words at the outset compared with the same exercise conducted without swearing. Similarly, in a test of handgrip strength of 52 participants, they found that their grips were stronger following a bout of swearing compared with not swearing.

The investigators initially surmised that swearing stimulates the body's sympathetic nervous system-the fight-or-flight mechanism that increases heart rate and affects energy metabolism, among other things. But when they looked for typical sympathetic system changes they found nothing significant. So now it's back to the drawing board to search for answers. But their findings still hold.

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