An overview of Craniomandibular Disorders will be presented covering anatomy, mechanics, common pathologies and current physical therapy approaches. Selected physical therapy techniques will be demonstrated. Current approaches to Craniomandibular disorders in dentistry and medicine will also be described.

Level of Instruction:  Intermediate



Course Objectives

  • Identify the anatomical features of the Craniomandibular complex
  • Identify the normal mechanics of Craniomandibular complex as well a common patterns of abnormal or dysfunctional motion
  • Identify common pathologies occurring in the Craniomandibular complex
  • Identify developmental, functional and structural contributions to the development of Craniomandibular disorders
  • Identify physical therapy approaches to examination and for Craniomandibular disorders
  • Identify current trends in medicine and dentistry for the management of Craniomandibular disorders

Course Agenda

  • Clinical anatomy and pathomechanics
  • Contributing factors, parafunctions, perpetuations
  • Appropriate radiology, interocclusal appliances and therapeutic interventions
  • Live Q/A Session


  • Mark Strickland, PT, OCS, MTC, Cert MDT, CFC, CCTT

Mark Strickland, PT, OCS, MTC, Cert MDT, CFC, CCTT  is a graduate from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston in 1984. He received his McKenzie certification in 1994, completed his Board Certification in Orthopedic Specialty in 1999, his Manual Therapy Certification through the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 1999, and his Craniofacial Certification in 2005 also through the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. In 2009, he was certified by the Physical Therapy Board of Cervical & Craniofacial Therapeutics (PTBCCT) as a Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist. In 2012, he completed his Vestibular Certification through the American Institute of Balance and Certification in Orofacial Dry Needling through Myopain Seminars.  For the past seventeen years Mr. Strickland has been a chief clinical instructor for the Physical Therapy School at Texas State University. For the past nine years he has been an Assistant Professor at the University of St. Augustine where he teaches  online courses in Craniomandibular Disorders (beginner, intermediate, advanced and state of the art for 9 College credit hours per trimester for seventh semester DPT,  post graduate transitional DPT and DScPT students). He also co-teaches the Continuing Medical Education seminar series offered through the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, leading to Craniofacial Certification (CFC) with Dr. Mariano Rocabado.  After 22 years in private practice, Mr. Strickland is currently an Area Vice President for Physiotherapy Associates (Texas/OK). He manages seventeen clinics. He practices physical therapy in Austin, TX with primary specialties of spine, manual therapy, and Craniomandibular Disorders


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49


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