Manual Therapy for TMD


Created in collaboration with the Marquette Physical Therapy Clinic, this is the very first course we developed.  It examines the evidence for manual therapy for temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD). Upon completion, participants will be able to summarize the research describing how well manual therapy reduces pain and improves jaw function in people with TMD. Time saving techniques for retrieving and reviewing research evidence will also be covered. Instructional methods include lecture, interactive participation, and Q&A.


Upon course completion, participants will

  1. Know how well manual therapy works for people with TMD.
  2. Appreciate the quality and scope of evidence examining manual therapy for TMD
  3. Save time.

  • Have a time saving process for starting and completing literature searches. 
  • Have a time saving process for triaging and reviewing clinically relevant research. 
  • Have an efficient and defensible process for applying research evidence to frontline practice


75 minutes, with 60 minutes of lecture and 15 minutes of Q&A. Longer seminars can be arranged for a richer, more interactive experience. Lunch-n-learn opportunities (<60 minutes) are also available.

How to Host

This course is available in-person or remote. If you or your institution is interested in hosting, contact us here


Cuccia, A.M., Caradonna, C., Annunziata, V., & Caradonna, D. (2009). Osteopathic manual therapy versus conventional conservative therapy in the treatment of temporomandibular disorders: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, 14(2), 179-184. doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2009.08.002

Ismail, F., Demling, A., Hebling, K., Fink, M., & Stiesch‐Scholz, M. (2007). Short‐term efficacy of physical therapy compared to splint therapy in treatment of arthrogenous TMD. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, 34(11), 807-813. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2842.2007.01748.x

Kalamir, A., Pollard, H., Vitiello, A., & Bonello, R. (2010). Intra-oral myofascial therapy for chronic myogenous temporomandibular disorders: A randomized, controlled pilot study. The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, 18(3), 139-146. doi:10.1179/106698110X12640740712374

Martins, W.R., Blasczyk, J.C., Furlan de Oliveira, M.A., Lagôa Gonçalves, K.F., Bonini-Rocha, A.C., Dugailly, P.M., & de Oliveira, R.J. (2015). Efficacy of musculoskeletal manual approach in the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorder: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Manual Therapy, 21, 10-17. doi:10.1016/j.math.2015.06.009

Okeson, J.P. (2008) Management of temporomandibular disorders and occlusion. St. Louis, MO: Mosby, Inc.

Oliveira-Campelo, N.M., Rubens-Rebelatto, J., Martí N-Vallejo, F.J., Alburquerque-Sendí, F., & Fernández-de-Las-Peñas, C. (2010). The immediate effects of atlanto-occipital joint manipulation and suboccipital muscle inhibition technique on active mouth opening and pressure pain sensitivity over latent myofascial trigger points in the masticatory muscles. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 40(5), 310-317. doi:10.2519/jospt.2010.3257

Taylor, M., Suvinen, T., & Reade, P. (1994). The effect of grade IV distraction mobilisation on patients with temporomandibular pain-dysfunction disorder. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 10(3), 129-136. doi:10.3109/09593989409036389

Tuncer, A.B., Ergun, N., Tuncer, A.H., & Karahan, S. (2012). Effectiveness of manual therapy and home physical therapy in patients with temporomandibular disorders: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, 17(3), 302-308. doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2012.10.006

von Piekartz, H., & Lüdtke, K. (2011). Effect of treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) in patients with cervicogenic headache: A single-blind, randomized controlled study. Cranio: The Journal of Craniomandibular Practice, 29(1), 43-56. doi:10.1179/crn.2011.008