Have you heard of someone suffering from “TMJ” and wondered what that means? Maybe your dentist mentioned it to you in an appointment. TMJ is pretty common and refers to conditions that cause pain or soreness in the temporomandibular joint (jaw joint) and surrounding muscles.
Having TMJ could be be short term or ongoing. One person’s experience could differ greatly from another’s.
Do you have TMJ?
• Frequent headaches or migraines
• Jaw stiffness
• Pain that radiates from face, neck, and ears
• Lock jaw
• Clicking, popping, or grinding when open and closing mouth
• Upper and lower teeth are not fitting together
What is TMJ massage and how can it help?
When I perform a TMJ massage my focus is on the head and neck. The goal for the session is to determine what the client’s pain level is before the massage and bring that pain to a more manageable level. Many people have tension headaches related to the TMJ and I like to address that with gentle but effective work on the muscles at the nape of the neck, ears, and scalp
Working around the mouth and jaw can feel awkward for the client at first so I like to be communicative with them. When working on the joint I apply pressure to release any trigger point in nearby muscles or release it from it’s tight grip and painful contracting.
If I’ve tried every approach and angle to the TMJ and the client hasn’t felt any improvement then I can perform intraoral massage with permission from the client wearing gloves. This is more invasive but sometimes is the best way to get straight to the problem area.
TMJ massage can help improve symptoms of TMJD or anxiety/teeth-grinding related headaches. Schedule a massage to see for yourself!