TMJ Courses

TMJ Courses for Physical Therapists & Health Professionals

Evaluation and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders and Craniofacial Pain

Instructor: Michael Karegeannes, PT, MHSc, LAT, MTC, CFC, CCTT, CMTPT

Course Description

This two-day TMJ course provides a basic understanding of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) and Craniofacial Pain (CFP). Participants will learn anatomy and biomechanics of the normal Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), as well as abnormal mechanics or pathophysiological mechanics that will require a comprehensive evaluation and treatment approach. This TMJ course is designed to help differentiate myofascial related pain from internal derangements and educate on the interrelationship between the cervical spine and the TMJ. Lab time will allow participants to palpate anatomical structures as they relate to TMD and CFP, and learn how to mobilize the TMJ as well as the upper cervical spine. Participants will gain insight into a basic home exercise regimen for their patients. There will also be discussions about appropriate orthotic therapy, lifestyle changes, potential surgical interventions and how to build a rapport with the dental community and other healthcare providers so the best possible outcomes can be achieved for patients.

What You will Learn

  • Describe basic TMJ anatomy, biomechanics, and pathomechanics.
  • Recognize how postural or cervical dysfunction might contribute to TMJ disorders.
  • Evaluate the TMJ and develop a working hypothesis.
  • Demonstrate appropriate manual and exercise techniques for the treatment of TMD.
  • Identify the PT’s role within the dental community for the treatment of TMD.
  • Recognize other treatment options outside of PT.
  • Educate clients in the management of TMD.

About the Instructor

Michael Karegeannes, PT, MHSc, LAT, MTC, CFC, CCTT, CMTPT, is the owner of Freedom Physical Therapy Services, 4 clinics in Wisconsin, since 1997 and a practicing physical therapist since 1989. His specialties in the field of physical therapy include TMD, spine and pelvic dysfunctions, myofascial pain, and orthopedic therapies. Michael graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. After he graduated, he received his athletic training license from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and later, Michael completed his manual therapy certification and Masters of Health Science from the University of St. Augustine in Florida.

In 2005, Michael had the honor of being trained by Dr. Mariano Rocabado, (in conjunction with the University of St. Augustine) who is the leading national expert in the field of craniofacial therapies. Michael holds a Craniofacial Certification with the University of St. Augustine.

In addition, Michael has attended an orofacial pain and TMD Residency with the University of Minnesota Dental School. He is a member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP) as well as vice-president of the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial & Cervical Therapeutics (PTBCCT). In addition, Michael is, one of a few, Certified Cervical & Temporomandibular Therapists (CCTT) who has obtained diplomate status by the PTBCCT.

In 2011, Michael received thorough and extensive training in the technique of intramuscular dry needling and is certified through Myopain Seminars, the premier post-graduate medical and physical therapy continuing education company in the United States with a focus on myofascial trigger points. Michael is also on faculty with Myopain Seminars. Michael is also one of the few PTs in the USA trained in the CRAFTA approach to TMD.

His diverse experience, knowledge, and manual skills allow Michael to be highly effective in the evaluation and treatment of his clientele.

Michael is a member of the APTA, WPTA, NATA, AAOP, PTBCCT, PAMA and IMS.

TMJ Course Previews

The smaller class size to enable circulation of the instructor with sufficient one-on-one time with all course participants was greatly appreciated.

Great course! I feel much more confident with my assessment and treatment measures pertaining to the TMJ. Course materials, manuals, books and presentations were very clear and well laid out. Mike was very personable highly approachable and knowledgeable.

























































Very good breakdown of anatomy and function of the TMJ. Very impressed with Mike’s knowledge of TMD as well as other anatomy.

Mike’s dedication and passion was so obvious. I so appreciate his great teaching style and commitment to making everything so clear. I’m excited to feel ready to begin evaluating and treating patients in the clinic after this course with confidence. Thank you Mike, this was awesome.


Day 1
8:00amIntroductions and TMJ anatomy
9:30amTMJ biomechanics
10:30amPathomechanics, abnormal mechanics, and Parafunction
11:30amEvaluate ROM of TMJ
12:30pmHypermobility, History / Etiology of TMD, Diagnostic Imaging
1:15pmEvaluation of TMDs
2:45pmMuscle / Arthritic / Disc Treatment Techniques
3:30pmTMJ mobilization techniques
Day 2
8:00amReview and Q&A regarding day one
8:30amRocabado 6×6 exercises / Hyperboloid Exercises
9:30amMarketing Strategy
10:30amUpper cervical anatomy and forward head posture / Upper cervical spine treatment
1:00pmTMD home exercises / Posture exercises / Ergonomics
2:45pmAppliance Therapy
3:30pmSummary, questions, and review techniques
4:15pmSurgical options


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Registration Details

Level:Beginner – Intermediate
Target Audience:PTs, PTAs, LMT, OTs, SLPs
Dentists and Physicians may attend
CEUs:1.6 (16 clock hours)

$750 for PTs, OTs, PTAs, LMTs, SLPs & Chiropractors, Dentists, Physicians

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