Kelly Hunter has taken her specialized training for intraoral TMJ massage therapy through Seminars for Health. Read here on how massage therapy can help relieve your jaw pain!
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the point where the lower jawbone meets the skull. This joint allows the lower jaw to move up and down and side to side, and it is one of the most used joints in the body.
TMJ disorders are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the TMJ and the muscles that control it. These disorders are often caused by stress, injury, or arthritis.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for TMJ disorders, but massage therapy can be an effective treatment for many people. Massage therapy can help to relieve pain, improve range of motion, and reduce muscle tension.
If you think massage therapy might be right for you, talk to your doctor or a licensed massage therapist to find out more.
Massage therapy is an effective way to help relieve TMJ pain and improve joint functioning. Massage therapy is often used in combination with other treatments, such as physical therapy and medications, to relieve TMJ symptoms.
The massage therapist will first assess the patient’s facial structure, range of motion of the temporomandibular joint, and the surrounding muscles. This assessment will determine the type of massage to be used, its intensity, and the area of the body to be massaged.
There are a few different types of massage the therapist may use for treating TMJ symptoms. Each type of massage has its own specific benefits for treating the condition. The most common type of massage used for TMJ is trigger point massage, which is focused on applying pressure to specific points in the body to relieve tension.
Massage therapy can help relieve TMJ symptoms in several ways. First, it helps reduce pain and dislocation in the joint by increasing the mobility of the jaw. Trigger point massage can help reduce tension in the muscles surrounding the jaw, allowing for better movement of the joint.
Massage therapy can also help improve the flexibility of the surrounding facial muscles. This is important because tight muscles can cause the jaw to move erratically, leading to further pain and discomfort. Massage therapists can also target particular acupuncture points to help relieve pain and improve the functioning of the TMJ.
Finally, massage therapy can help reduce stress and anxiety levels, which can worsen TMJ symptoms. Stress and anxiety can cause tense muscles, which can lead to further pain and tightness. Massage therapy helps the body relax, which can reduce pain and other symptoms related to TMJ.