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D.U.M.B. Ideas

© copyright  2014  Sharing The Health, LLC


If you have ever heard of SMART Goals you will find DUMB Ideas to be fascinating reading.  Look for the e-book coming soon.

#303 Balance Your Jaw

TMJ Dysfunction and jaw pain

Many of us are unaware that there are actions we can take to maintain the health of our jaw and the TMJ.  We have been conditioned to give over our physical health maintenance to outside experts such as doctors, dentists and the like.  There is a lot of good they can do for you so make sure you visit your dentist regularly.  Fact is, there are some simple things YOU can do to keep your jaw loose and happy.



We use our mouth for our entire life to take food in, talk and express our feelings (or hold them in) so it would seem logical that the hinge joint of our jaw is designed to last us a lifetime.  Keeping this joint in good health and operating painlessly and efficiently is a good idea.  When we are tense we often tighten our jaw muscles and clench our teeth.  For some of us, over the years, we tend to chew our food on one side of the mouth more than the other.  This can lead to an imbalance in the tension levels of the muscles that help us chew our food.   The joint connecting the jaw bone (mandible) to the skull bone (temporal bone), known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is used extensively when we talk and eat.  If you experience pain or limited movement in this joint your enjoyment of these everyday activities is affected. 




There are four sets of muscles to address with massage that can restore proper mobility to the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ).  On the outside of the face and skull are the masseter and temporalis muscles. Trigger points in the masseter muscle can refer pain into the joint and into the ear.  Two muscles are located in the oral cavity attaching the sphenoid bone to the jaw  bone (mandible) and to a cartilage pad found in the TMJ between the mandible and temporal bone.  The lateral pterygoid muscle also can have trigger points that refer into the sinuses and cause sinus headaches and sinus congestion.


To massage the external muscles, with your mouth closed, use your finger tips and trace along the lower edge of the cheek bone and the outer surface of the side of the jaw to address the masseter.   To massage the temporalis muscle use your fingertips to trace around the ear and along the side of the head.  


To massage the internal muscles, roll you fingers under the angle of the mandible (jaw) to address portions of the medial pterygoid muscle.  To address the lateral pterygoid muscle, slide your finger along the upper teeth and past the last of the upper molars(or where the upper molar should be if they have been removed).  Gently press toward the outer surface of the mouth, into the soft tissue of the muscle as it attaches near the joint.  Open and close your jaw slightly to feel the muscle contracting. 


More thorough information, illustrations and instruction is available in our e-book on Balancing Jaw Function and the instructional DVD on Self-Massage of the Neck and Face.


Spiral Synergy


The Spiral Synergy approach places the jaw into comfortable positions and provides stimulation to the muscle, joint and tendon reflexes.  Once stimulated, these nervous system reflexes can change the tension levels in the muscles that act on the TMJ which results in freer, more comfortable movement.  These techniques are easy to learn and apply.  It only takes a few minutes to perform them and the benefits can last hours or days.  


Specific instructions and additional information are provided in our e-book on Balancing Jaw Function.


Essential Oils


We have found that essential oils can help with the emotional component of TMJ pain especially if grinding the teeth (bruxism) is involved.  The essential oil blends of Peace and Calming; RutaVaLa; Tranquil; and Stress Away can calm the emotions and promote relaxation and sleep.  The single essential oils of Valerian, Roman chamomile and and lavender have traditionally been used to promote relaxation and calming.  The oil blends of Release and Trauma Life can access verbal trauma related patterns.


For inflamed TMJ tissues applying the essential oils of lavender; copaiba, PanAway, Deep Relief or Relieve It (among others) can help with pain and inflammation.  Make sure to apply the oils in accordance with the instructions on the bottles.  For more information on the use of essential oils watch our recorded presentation and other posts on this website.



#302 Optimize Your Eyes

Vision and Eyesight


What is your vision worth to you?  How would your life change if your eyesight began to fail and you could not see as clearly as you once did?


Do you know there are things you can do to optimize your eye sight?


In the “old days” our life depended upon our eye sight.  Was that a friend or foe approaching from the distance?  These days we rely on our vision to feed ourselves, drive a car, walk across a room, read anything...stay connected to the world.


Those of us lucky to be born with eye sight often have a habit of taking poor care of it.  Those in need of “correction” most likely have visited eye care professionals and have been fitted for corrective eyeglasses and/or contact lenses.  Growing up and progressing through educational programs in grammar, middle and high school little time if any was invested in learning how the eye is structured, how vision works, and what we can do to maintain proper eye health.


With the proliferation of electronic devices - computers, cell phones, tablet readers, hand held games, etc., we have placed an increasing amount of strain on the eyes.  The most any one does about it is to rub their eyes once in a while in an attempt to east the eye strain.


Nutrition and the eye

On a nutritional level, it appears that many are of the mind that carrots are good for eyesight.  This is as far as nutritional knowledge for the eyes goes for many.  Others have learned that the nutrient lutein (a carotenoid) is good for eye sight and is found in the retina of the eye.  Raw, green leafy vegetables (e.g. kale and spinach) are the main source of lutein in the diet, and unfortunately the green leafy vegetables are often not included in the dietary habits of most people or they are cooked down to a mere shadow of their natural state.  


Zeaxanthin (another carotenoid) is a nutrient found in the macular area of the retina - the area where the rods and cones which are sensitive to light rays - are found.  Wolfberries are highly endowed with this nutrient.  The NingXia wolfberry (lycium barbarum) has been laboratory tested for its very high concentration of this nutrient.  The NingXia wolfberry is the major ingredient in NingXia Red, a nutritional supplement produced by Young Living Essential Oil company. 


Other sources are the green leafy vegetables, but in much lower amounts.



Eyesight can also be affected by muscular strain and tension, particularly muscles found in the back of the neck.  Blurred vision can result from a common tender area (called a trigger point) in the splenius cervicis muscle which attaches to the first three vertebra in the neck and to the spine between the shoulder blades.  This is a muscle you use to keep the neck straight; to turn the neck and head; and to bend the neck to the side.  If you jut your head forward as if straining to read a computer screen or look through the windshield of your car to read a traffic sign you are straining this muscle.  The muscle also lays on top of several other neck muscles and can get stuck to them.  This will often result in restricted range of motion limiting your ability to turn your head.


Spiral Synergy

Spiral Synergy uses an eye balancing technique to release tension in muscles that move the eye.  The techniques are explained and illustrated in “Optimizing you Eyes”, an e-book available here.

You can release tension in the neck muscles as a group by positioning the neck and head to soften the muscles in the back of the neck.  You can also make gentle contact with the upper vertebra in the neck and assess their movement and position in relation to one another.  By gently exaggerating the position of the vertebra you can affect the tension levels of all the muscles that connect to the vertebra.  


Read more about Spiral Synergy here



The foot reflexes for the eyes is located in the 2nd and 3rd toes or along the ridge at the base of the 2nd and 3rd toes, depending upon the book you read.  Use your thumb or finger tip to press along the areas and, if tight or tender, gently press into them or massage them.


Essential Oils

Frankincense essential oil has traditionally been applied to benefit the eyes.  I have applied this essential oil in the area under and around my eye prior to retiring for the night.  I often layer some Lemon essential oil on top of the frankincense due to lemon’s support of micro-circulation as learned in education sessions at convention.


Be careful to keep the oil out of the eyeball itself as it can cause burning and irritation.  Keep vegetable oil handy to dilute the essential oil and flush the area if you do get some in the eye.


I have used Young Living’s Boswellia Wrinkle Cream and Wolfberry Eye Cream around the eyes with success as well. 


Applying frankincense to the eye reflex points on the feet is also a good idea and is an alternative to applying around the eyes if you are concerned about getting oil in the eye.





#304 Bunion Pain Relief

It is difficult to smile when your feet are hurting all the time.  Those with chronic bunion pain can relate.  Why look older than your years and unhappier than you feel inside?  

If you found out there were actions you could take to alleviate the pain caused by your bunions would you take them?  Well, there are and they are relatively simple to do.  They involve the use of therapeutic grade essential oils, foot massage and Spiral Synergy techniques.

Read more: #304 Bunion Pain Relief

#301 Chapman's Reflexes E-Book

This 82 page e-book introduces you to the therapeutic effects of stimulating neurolymphatic reflex centers in the body to bring about improved flow of lymph fluids in the associated organs.  Based upon a system devised by Frank Chapman, DO (Doctor of Osteopathy) the reflexes become symptomatic when lymphatic tissue is congested.  In my years of massage therapy practice I have stimulated these reflexes with massage, essential oils and Spiral Synergy techniques.  The process is simple and can be self administered in most cases.  


A great tool to use for self work or to use with your family members.

#301  82 pages   $19.95


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