TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint (TMJ). It's a joint connects the lower jaw (also known as the mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull.
Massage helps alleviate pain and tenderness in and around the jaw, increases range of motion in the jaw joint, along with helping relieve headaches/migraines, toothaches, and earaches/ringing in the ears. Intra-oral work (working inside the mouth) helps with releasing knots and relaxing the muscles that are connected to the jaw joint itself.
Research shows that the jaw is the most common place for trigger points (knots and/or tender spots) in the entire body. Research also shows that approximately 50% of neck pain and headaches originate in the jaw.
-Tooth wear (especially seeing the pulp)
-Masticatory muscle pain (pain with opening and closing of the mouth) and stiffness
-TM joint, ear or neck pain
-Limited movement or locking of the jaw
-Clicking, popping or grating in the jaw during opening or closing of the mouth
-A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
The National Institute of Dental recommend that someone suffering from a Temporomandibular disorder “look for a health care provider who understands musculoskeletal disorders (affecting muscle, bone and joints) and who is trained in treating pain conditions. Please schedule an appointment today!