This massage treatment focuses on the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) and aims to relieve jaw pain and tension in associated muscles.
This small but intensely utilised area of the face can be the source many symptoms including (but not restricted to) the following :
- Teeth grinding
- Clicking and/or popping of the jaw
- Worn teeth
- Chronic pain or tenderness of the muscles around the ear, neck, face, upper back and shoulders
- Dizzy spells
- Earache (without infection)
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Facial twitches
The joint connects the lower jaw bone (Mandible) to the Temporal bone of the skull and enables us to move our jaws up, down, side to side and is used when we eat, speak, yawn etc.
Many Tempormandibular Disorders (TMD) originate from the tension held in the associated muscle groups which in turn can bring about muscle imbalances and mis-alignments.
Massage releases the tension held in the muscles of the jaw, neck and shoulders by treating the trigger points within the muscles. In this way massage treatment helps to relieve pain, reduce imbalances and encourage healing within the soft tissues.
What to expect from a TMJ Massage treatment
A treatment will always start with a full assessment to gain as full an understanding of your specific symptoms as possible. Typically a treatment will include massage of the shoulders and neck, potentially including neuro muscular and myofascial techniques. Intra-oral work (internal to the mouth using hygiene gloves) allows use of light but direct massage to the TMJ itself and for tension to be relieved in this area. Your treatment will finish with some gentle stretching and suggestions for exercises for you do at home.
“The TMJ massage has been real bonus to our surgery services at Seven Fields and I am delighted by the results that our clients have experienced. Jenny has become our first port of call when it comes to jaw pain, popping jaws and teeth grinding. The massage offers a non-invasive treatment which is actually quite relaxing and the benefits to our clients have been clearly evident. I recommend massage to anyone suffering the symptoms TMJ pain and looking for a long term resolution.”
Patrick Holmes BDS, PG Cert. Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry, President of British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry December 2016
If you have any questions about TMJ massage or are not sure it is for you, please contact me via the number above or through the contact page. I would be very happy to discuss your requirements with you.