Treat TMD with Manual Therapy and Exercise


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As many as 31% of Americans may have TMD at any point in time. Manual therapy and exercise interventions have the best research to treat this common condition. “Treat TMD with Manual Therapy and Exercise” empowers the provider to confidently evaluate and treat orofacial pain using thrust manipulation of the cervical spine, non-thrust manipulation of the TMJ, and exercise. Many patients will see a dentist first and this course equips the provider with the necessary skills to effectively treat patients and make informed referrals to dentists when needed. By bridging the gap between professions, it promotes better patient care and collaboration within the healthcare system.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and differentiate the 12 most common TMD diagnoses
  2. Identify common ICD-10 codes used
  3. Explain the normal progression of disc displacement and degeneration
  4. Visibly evaluate jaw opening
  5. Explain the physical impact of Axis I diagnoses on symptoms
  6. Differentiate between indications and non-indications for imaging of the TMJ
  7. Accurately perform evidence-based interventions for TMD
  8. Describe dental interventions
  9. Identify the types of oral appliances available for treatment of TMD
  10. Explain indications for using TMD oral appliances when treating TMD
  11. Recognize tools available for Axis II evaluation
  12. Determine when to use which tools for Axis II evaluation
  13. Discuss how Axis II evaluation findings affect physical therapist interventions


Onsite workshop. 12 hours provided over 2 days


This course is approved by the APTA UT for 12 APTA UT CEUs.

Primary Audience

Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, and DOs



Nick Rainey is board-certified in orthopaedic physical therapy and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists. He has also earned the credential of Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT) by the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial & Cervical Therapeutics. He is the founder of Sierra Vista Headache and TMJ Specialists and Rainey Pain & Performance, private practices in Arizona where he has the opportunity to do a lot of teaching providers and treating orthopedic and pain conditions.