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Craniocervical & Craniomandibular Pathophysiology Approach to Treatment.

I recently attended a 4-day course on Temporomandibular and Craniocervical treatment conducted by the renowned physical therapist Mariano Rocabado hosted by Synergy Orthodontic Seminars. Alongside dental professionals I met in New York and colleagues from Canada, about 50 of us, including physical therapists, participated in this highly informative seminar.

This seminar delved into the intricate relationship between the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the cranium, and the cervical spine, utilizing imaging techniques such as MRI to understand the movement and alignment of the TMJ disc, as well as ways to address misalignment and related issues in the face and neck. We concluded the four-day course by learning about the treatment of TMJ disorders through manual therapy techniques, exercises, and dental appliances.

Dr. Mariano Rocabado with Yohei Takada at Synergy Orthodontic Seminars

Dr. Rocabado is globally renowned for his expertise in TMJ treatment. He conducts seminars for dental professionals and physical therapists worldwide and is a prominent figure in TMJ treatment textbooks. Dr. Rocabado’s seminar provided us with fresh perspectives and expanded our understanding of TMJ treatment, including his famous “Rocabado 6×6 exercises,” which promise to enhance the scope of our treatments.


One remarkable aspect of this seminar was the participation of dental professionals who, along with physical therapists, explored the impact of the craniocervical region on the TMJ and its implications for occlusion and airway. This collaborative learning experience underscored the importance of teamwork between dental and physical therapy professionals for the effective treatment of our patients.

The knowledge and techniques gained from this seminar will undoubtedly prove invaluable in our future clinical practice. Rocabado Therapist in New York City!!

Prof. Mariano Rocabado is assessing the upper cervical spine of Yohei Takada.

Dr. Mariano Rocabado, Doctor of Physical Therapy is the author of a number of books including on head and neck biomechanics and pain, and exercise. He is an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and the American Academy of Craniofacial pain, Founder Member and past President of the Chilean Academy of Craniomandibular disorders and facial pain. He is also a Founder and Honorary Member of the Brazilean Academy of Craniomandibular, Craniocervical  Disorders and Facial Pain. Furthermore, Professor Rocabado is a Founder Member and Past President of the Iberian Latin American Academy of Head Neck and Facial pain. He was a Founder Member of the Italian Craniomandibular and Orofacial pain Academy.

Prof. Rocabado explains the disc/condyle relation and it’s pathologies

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