Our expertise in the management of patients with orofacial pain and dysfunction is widely recognized. Our patients come from as far as central Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and beyond, and include nearly all age groups.
Orofacial physical therapy is increasingly common in the management of persons with pain of the jaw, head and neck. In a study of over 45,000 American households, almost 22% experienced orofacial pain in the past six months. Nearly 40 million adult Americans are experiencing orofacial pain on a regular basis. In addition, many children experience pain in their faces, jaw (temporomandibular pain), and suffer from daily headaches. Many recent studies support our observation that myofascial trigger points frequently contribute to migraines and tension-type headaches, as well as pain in the jaw, cheeks, and teeth.
Orofacial physical therapy is a highly specialized part of orthopedic physical therapy. In general, physical therapists have little if any information, knowledge and skill in the physical therapy diagnosis and management of orofacial disorders.
The physical therapists of Bethesda Physiocare® are among few physical therapists in the greater Washington metropolitan area with advanced training in craniomandibular and orofacial physical therapy, for example, they have completed courses with the world-renowned Cranio Facial Therapy Academy, and advanced coursework with Dr. Mariano Rocabado who is one of the world’s leaders in this field. Drs. Dommerholt, Finnegan and Maines are among only a few Maryland members of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. Drs. Dommerholt and Finnegan have been keynote speakers at the annual conference of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and they have taught several orofacial dry needling certification courses in conjunction with the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial & Cervical Therapeutics (PTBCCT).
Dr. Dommerholt was invited by Dr. Rocabado to complete an advanced clinical internship in Santiago, Chile, during which Dr. Rocabado and Dr. Dommerholt evaluated and treated many patients with a wide variety of temporomandibular pain, headaches, neck pain, whiplash, congenital facial deformities, etc.
Our orofacial physical therapy approach includes an extensive examination of the jaw, mouth, neck, and rest of the spine. Much attention is paid to posture, hypermobility, movement patterns, and perpetuating factors. Following the initial physical therapy examination, we develop a comprehensive treatment plan, which forms the basis of the physical therapy program. We work closely with referring physicians, dentists, oral surgeons, ear-nose-and-throat specialists, and orthodontists.
Dr. Finnegan is one of few physical therapists in the the country who is a Certified Cervical & Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT) administered by the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial & Cervical Therapists
For more information about orofacial physical therapy, please do not hesitate to contact us.