Temporo Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ Massage)

With the stress that most of us deal with daily, jaw pain issues are becoming very common. Most people don’t even realize they are clenching or grinding their teeth and many even do this in their sleep. It is often a dentist or dental hygienist that calls our attention to that fact that we are grinding teeth, or when headaches appear more often.

The syndrome or dysfunction (TMD) can be caused by a misalignment of the jaw, tooth issues, stress, whiplash, trauma, neck misalignment, or inflammation.

Some symptoms might include jaw pain or popping in or around the joint, headaches, toothaches, earaches, dizziness, nausea, sinus pressure or pain, clenching, reduced ability to open or close the mouth, or pain when biting or chewing.

Physicians or dentists will often do exams and/or X-rays to diagnose the problem and determine the course of treatment.

Massage therapy can help to realign problem areas, relieve the muscle tension and relax the muscles by working trigger point areas around the jaw and neck.

It is possible to significantly reduce the pain and discomfort associated with jaw pain through massage. However, you should make sure the therapist has training in treating the disorder.

One-hour session to treat jaw pain, should also include lots of head and neck massage techniques in order to release all muscles in this area. Massage therapy for Temporo Mandibular Joint Disorder is a growing specialty that is already in demand in our stress-filled world, and with so many technology professions, and as many as we will have in the future, this specialty work will be in high demand.