TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) Massage
Suffering from any of the following:
.....These are amongst some of the symptoms of what is known as TMJ disorder. There are many ways to treat and relieve the pain you are feeling - I have found massage to be the most non intrusive and effective way for long-term results.
How Can Massage Help?
Massage can help heal and release the soft tissue (muscles), relieving the pain and reducing the symptoms caused by problems in and around the jaw joint, this is done by treating the trigger points around the jaw, neck and shoulders.
What is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge joint that connects your mandible (jaw bone) to the temporal bone of your skull, it is located in front of your ear.
The joint, along with it’s associated muscles allows us to move our jaw up and down and from side to side to talk, eat, yawn, laugh etc.
Problems with the joint and it’s muscles are known as TMD (Temporomandibula joint disorder) and can manifest as severe pain in the jaw itself or along the face, restricted jaw movements and noises such as clicking and popping from the TMJ during jaw movement.
Massage can help address the cause of TMJ disorders, whether the pain comes from a jaw injury, or simply fatigue from repeatedly grinding or clenching your teeth, regular massage therapy can make a difference.
Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you open or close your mouth or chew. This may or may not be painful.
Ringing of the ears (tinnitus)
Earaches (without infection)
Chronic pain or tenderness of the muscles around the ear, neck, face, upper back and shoulders
Twitching of the face or eye muscles
Sensitivity to light and noise
Bruxism (teeth grinding)
Trismus (difficulty opening mouth normally
Jaws that get "stuck" or "locked" in the open- or closed-mouth position
Trouble chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite -- as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly
What Happens During The Massage?
Following an assessment of your TMJ I will work on two areas:
The muscles of your neck and upper shoulders and the muscles around your jaw (these are known as the muscles of mastication). Everything is connected and the neck and jaw have a particularly close working relationship, so tension in your neck and shoulders will be referring tension up into your jaw.
In order to get to the muscles around your jaw I will work intra-orally, what this means is that I will put gloves on and use pincer, pressure and myofascial techniques to release these muscles. This is followed by a stretch and some home-care exercises.
After your first treatment you will feel a difference but due to the chronic nature of this condition ongoing treatment is required for a minimum 6 weeks. This is based on my own clinical experience of treating clients with TMJ since 2014.