The aim in treatment of jaw pain and dysfunction (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD) with massage therapy is to resolve the asymmetrical muscles of mastication.
Reducing the tightness and compressive forces these muscles put on the joints, will consequently improve the symmetrical function and disc position.
Jaw dysfunction is often fluctuating, remitting and self-limiting for most clients the objective of massage therapy treatments is to reduce the frequency and intensity of flare-ups. For others, treatment becomes a management resource.
Massage treatments also attend to the many issues that posture plays on teeth alignment, TMJ/Disc mechanics, Head Forward Carriage, breath and voice, etc.
Self-care is as important if not more so when it comes to any treatment, but I emphasize it strongly with the treatment of jaw pain and dysfunction. I have a few tips and tricks I give all my clients at the end of the first treatment.
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Signs & Symptoms
- Limited jaw range of motion
- Popping or clicking of the jaw
- Locking of the joint
- Grinding or clenching
- Ear pain
- Jaw pain
What to Expect?
TMJ Massage Treatments consist of extra-oral (outside the mouth) & intra-oral (inside the mouth with gloves) work.
Typically 3-8 weekly treatments are required in the effort to repattern the TMJ however, each case is different.