TMJ Basics

Many of my patients have reported significantly less TMJ pain after even one massage treatment.  Here’s how it works:

-Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction is a disorder of the muscles of mastication (chewing),  the temporomandibular joints and associated structures….  While TMJ disorders may be thought of as a recent phenomenon, a combination of jaw, head and ear pain has been described clinically for centuries.   Patients “whose teeth were disposed irregularly, crowding one another (who experience) headaches” were noted by  Hippocrates.





The causes of temporomandibular joint dysfunction are:

-imbalances in the muscles of mastication

-muscle overuse


-cranial bone misalignment

-postural dysfunction

-increased stress

-trauma (either direct or indirect)

-sinus blockage or infection

-joint pathology


Massage Therapy can help to reduce the direct and indirect muscle tension and trigger points that affect the temoromandibular joint while mobilizing tightened joints.  Self-massage, heat and ice can also be very effective in relieving your tension and addressing inflammation.



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