| Bill Ferguson
Registered Osteopath, Cranial Osteopath, Acupuncture and Sports Injuries
Tenterden Osteopathic Clinic
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Treatment 1: Day of Surgery
On the day of the surgery; four hours after the procedure, I used osteopathic treatment to the lower neck and upper chest to relax the muscles and make it easier for the lymphatic system to drain away from her head and face. An hour and a half in a dental operating theatre with only local anaesthesia is quite stressful to the muscles as the mouth has to be kept open all the time.
Treatment 2: Two days after surgery
Two days after the surgery I was able to work around the cranial base and upper neck staying well away from the operation site, again looking to improve drainage and relax the head and neck muscles.
Treatment 3: Five days post op
Five days post-op the swelling had reduced considerably, she had almost stopped taking painkillers (diclofenac) and the main complaint was that she couldn't open her mouth more than about ¾ of an inch. For this treatment I was able to work directly inside the mouth with sterile gloves on the jaw muscles (masseters and pterygoids) which increased her pain-free mouth opening to nearly two inches.
Seven days post op
At seven days post-op, at the time of writing, painkillers are no longer necessary, the swelling has almost gone and the jaw is opening and closing much more comfortably with a near normal range of movement. In 3-4 months time the area will receive three titanium dental implants and no doubt there will be some more post-op work to do.