Development of E-Z Flex II to treat TMJ and Jaw Disorders
The concept behind the E-Z Flex jaw exerciser originated in the late 1980’s when Dr. Howard Israel and Dr. Steven Syrop were treating patients at the TMJ Facial Pain Clinic of Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. They recognized the importance of restoring mobility and function to the jaw to treat TMJ disorders, with a gentle, safe and cost effective device. Their collaboration led to the successful patent of the first E-Z Flex device in 1993 (U.S. Patent # 5,183,057). The first E-Z Flex device used fluid to provide a gentle unique hydraulic mechanism to provide passive motion to the jaw. This device was designed to help the estimated 10-20 million Americans who suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. This groundbreaking E-Z Flex device provided passive therapeutic motion that did not strain jaw muscles and permitted the pumping action of the lubricating fluid inside the joint to nourish and maintain the health of the cartilage.
E-Z Flex was initially marketed and produced by Fluid Motion Biotechnologies, Inc., a company formed by Drs. Israel and Syrop in 1993. Fluid Motion Biotechnologies was the first operating company to move into the Audubon Biomedical Science and Technology Park on the Columbia University Health Sciences Campus in 1995. The first E-Z Flex device was used successfully by many individuals suffering from symptoms of jaw dysfunction for many years. Fluid Motion Biotechnologies, Inc. was eventually sold to another company, followed by a larger corporate takeover.
Unfortunately, E-Z Flex has not been available to those who suffer from TMJ and other jaw disorders for many years in spite of numerous requests. Dr. Howard Israel, formerly the Director of the Center for Oral, Facial & Head Pain of Columbia University, and currently at Weill-Cornell Medical College decided that a passive motion device for jaw disorders was still a necessary treatment for the millions of people suffering from jaw dysfunction, so he reinvented the E-Z Flex device, making it even better. Thus, E-Z Flex II was developed and is now being marketed and manufactured by TMD, LLC (Therapeutic Mobilization Devices, LLC). The new E-Z Flex II includes all of the advantages of the original device with the following improvements:
• Air cushioned – air pump mechanism provides gentle, passive motion to the jaw joint and passive stretching of the surrounding jaw muscles
• Safety stops – provides confidence as the user gradually can increase the progress toward normal jaw opening
• Measurement of jaw opening is performed DURING the jaw exercise
• Hands can remain in a relaxed position during the jaw exercise session
• Sustained opening can be achieved
• Active motion with toning and strengthening of the jaw/facial muscles
E-Z Flex II is cost effective, safe, gentle, and effective!