TMJ Massage

Therapeutic massage aimed at restoring functional, pain-free movement of the jaw & surrounding structures.

    The therapist is trained to treat the TMJ intra orally (from inside the mouth), and externally using a handful of varying techniques. Your massage therapist may create a treatment plan that incorporates both internal and external muscle work. Or they may attempt to treat your jaw using external techniques only if you are uncomfortable with the idea of manipulation from inside the mouth. The technique accesses different fibres of the temporalis muscle, the masseter, and the medial pterygoid, and can incorporate treatment of other face, neck and head muscles.

    Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction is sometimes called TMJ Syndrome, TMJ Disorder or just abbreviated to TMD, or TMJ. TMJD is an umbrella term used to describe pain and dysfunction of the muscles of mastication (the muscles you use to chew with) and the jaw joint(s). According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research it occurs in 5% to 12% of the population.

  • Cause of TMJ Dysfunction
    Some studies suggest the cause of TMJ dysfunction is idiopathic or unknown, while others point to trauma such as whiplash, or blunt force trauma to the jaw being a cause. TMJ syndrome may be caused by orthodontic work, misalignment of the jawbones, bruxism (grinding of the teeth, often in sleep), postural misalignment and/or joint laxity. Any and all of these potential causes can lead to muscle imbalance, and/or joint space pathology.

  • Signs & Symptoms
    The signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders are very diverse in nature. Often, the most notable sign is pain and/or discomfort upon palpation (or touching) of the muscles of mastication, and around the jaw joint. Pain is usually also present when chewing, clenching, or otherwise using the muscles and joint. In addition, the patient will often have a limited range of motion in the jaw, meaning they cannot open their mouth fully. There may or may not be sounds, clicking, or popping upon opening or closing the mouth. It’s important to note that clicking noises are not necessarily considered pathological unto themselves, unless they are accompanied by other symptoms such as pain and/or discomfort. Other symptoms that often occur with TMJ disorder are headaches, tooth, ear ache & facial pain.
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