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Jaw Pain & TMJ Relief


If you have been diagnosed with TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) or have pain in the jaw, by the ears, forehead, back of the head, neck and/or shoulders, a therapeutic TMJ massage may be right for you.

Treatment consists of massage to the neck, shoulders, facial, and muscles of the mouth. We will focus treatment on your chewing muscles, eliminating any trigger points, and pain referral areas by releasing tension in the fascia around the jaw, neck, head and face, all of which affect jaw alignment and tension. This treatment also includes intraoral massage to the masseter muscles to reduce the stress it can put on the jaw and temporomandibular joints. Pain is frequently aggravated by clenching and/or grinding of the teeth, causing damage to the joints due to disease, arthritis or trauma to the face. Intraoral massage is an effective treatment for clients who suffer from TMJ dysfunction, trigger point-related headaches or excess jaw tension. Latex-free gloves are worn while working inside the mouth to release the muscles and fascia involved in mastication and jaw clenching.

Common symptoms in TMJ dysfunction that can be helped by massage include pain with opening and closing, popping and clicking of the jaw joint, stress, migraines and chronic headaches, bruxism, poor posture, chronic tension or overuse due to repetitive oral habits (ie: lip/cheek biting), ringing or fullness in the ears, muscle imbalances caused by occupational habits or prolonged dental treatment, unexplained pain in upper teeth, and whiplash injuries.

Other TMJD symptoms massage can help include:

  • Headaches
  • TMJ noise (clicking, popping, or grinding)
  • Limited opening
  • Ear congestion and pain
  • Pain or tenderness of your jaw
  • Difficulty chewing (or discomfort while chewing)
  • Swelling on the side of the face
  • Locking of the jaw (making it difficult to open and/or close your mouth)
  • Vertigo (dizziness)
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Uncomfortable bite
  • Uneven bite (because one or more of your teeth are making premature contact)
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Loose teeth
  • Clenching/bruxing (grinding)
  • Facial pain
  • Fatigued facial muscles
  • Tender, sensitive teeth
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Cervical (neck) pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Postural problems
  • Paresthesia of fingertips (tingling)

Information About TMJ
  • TMJ is the abbreviation for "TemporoMandibular Joint" referring to the joint itself, TMD is the abbreviation for "TemporoMandibular Dysfunction".
  • 75% of the population has at least one sign of TMD.
  • TMD is more prominent in women vs. men by a ratio of 4:1
  • TMD affects most people within the ages of 16-30 years old, but it often persists for two or more decades from the age of onset.
  • 90% of TMJ problems are related to an imbalance in the muscles associated with chewing and the temporomandibular joint.
  • TMD often occurs when chewing muscles and the TMJ work incorrectly which causes cramping and spasms. These spasms become part of a cycle that can result in tissue damage, pain, and muscle tenderness.
  • Clenching and grinding of teeth, called Bruxism, exhausts the chewing muscles and causes them to go into spasm, which with time will cause pain.
  • Tension and imbalance of chewing muscles can cause the bite to shift putting strain on the disc located inside the TMJ which can cause popping and clicking in the joint.

Many of our clients have been successfully treated for TMJ syndrome using massage therapy. Most clients have noticed relief after one visit, but one visit usually is not enough to treat the entire condition. It has been our finding that most people respond very well within 6-8 sessions. The reason for this is that it often has taken quite some time for the symptoms to develop, and it generally takes more than one visit to reverse something that has been a progressive, long-term condition. We hope that this information is helpful for you, and if you have further questions we would be happy to answer them.

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