Massage for TMJ (jaw) Dysfunction
Benefits: Decreased pain, clicking, and popping; improved tracking of the jaw; decrease in clenching, headaches, and referred pain to teeth; increased awareness of how posture affects TMJ mechanics.
This treatment helps to decrease pain and restore proper joint mechanics, which in turn can prevent long-term effects such as arthritis and adhesion/fibrosis.
Treatment sessions can include the following:
- Neuromuscular massage and fascial techniques to the face, scalp, as well as the upper back, pectorals, and neck.
- Intra-oral massage (inside the mouth) to treat the muscles of mastication.*
- CranioSacral techniques to support joint alignment and encourage fascial release.
- Education and home care exercises to help you become more aware of – and correct -patterns that are creating imbalance. (“Head-forward” posture, for example can be a result of many hours at a desk, and can greatly contribute to TMJ dysfunction.) Singers, wind instrumentalists, and public speakers can also greatly benefit from treatment of the TMJ as well as the digastric and hyoid muscle groups (at the front of the neck). Treatment of this region supports ease in the movement of the larynx, and decreases tension from chronic use of facial and mandibular muscles.
*Treatment is gentle, incremental, and always within your comfort zone. Individuals may prefernot to include some/all of the intra-oral component.