TMJ Massage Helps Reduce Jaw Pain
The jaw or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is vulnerable to joint disorders. Disorders of the jaw are typically referred to by the same name: TMJ or TMJD. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the mandible to the skull’s temporal bone and allows the movements of biting, chewing, swallowing, speaking, and making facial expressions. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD) can cause tooth pain and headaches, or painful popping in the jaw.
Pain is the most common TMJD symptom. The pain is often described as a transient, dull ache in the jaw joint and nearby areas, including the ear. Some clients may not have pain, but may find it difficult to move their jaw. Sometimes clients mistake TMJD symptoms for tooth pain, or they may experience headaches or grind their teeth. A TMJ treatment can help relieve all of these symptoms.
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How Can TMJ Treatment Help?
Surprisingly, difficulty relaxing is a common cause of jaw dysfunction. Holding tension, especially in the jaw, is a common response to stress. Emotional tension can easily manifest as TMJ pain.
TMJ treatment is an ideal massage technique to relieve the pain of TMJD. Our massage therapy is focused toward the reduction of tension in the mastication muscles, releasing tension in the fascia of the face and mouth, and eliminating any trigger points.
TMJ Treatment vs Traditional Massage
Our TMJ Treatment is a massage therapy treatment of just the mouth, jaws, head, and sometimes neck to relieve TMJD. Applying pressure to trigger points in the jaw muscles can help relieve spasms and pain. We use isometric contraction to gently stretch tensed muscle fibers, and might use minimal resistance to further stretch the tissue. We follow the treatment with some relaxation techniques to enhance relief of the targeted muscle. This massage technique can restore the range of motion that typically regresses with TMJD.