TMJ Massage Therapy

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, essentially connects the jaw to the skull. This is an important joint which is crucial for eating, yawning and so many more routine actions. However, it’s also one of the most problematic joints in the body, as about 35 million North Americans are believed to suffer from TMJ pain, a condition that’s also often referred to as “TMJ disorder.”

TMJ pain varies based on the individual, but it’s usually characterized by either headaches, facial pain, neck pain, ringing in the ears, a clicking sound when the mouth opens/closes and toothaches, among others. Nobody knows for sure what exactly causes TMJ pain, although things like teeth grinding, jaw misalignment and facial injuries are all linked to it. While treatment options vary – in some, TMJ pain goes away over time while others may require pain killers, orthodontics or even surgery to manage symptoms or correct them – one increasingly popular treatment option is TMJ massage.

How Can a TMJ Massage Program Alleviate Pain?

Simply put, TMJ massage therapy programs work over time to alleviate tension in the facial area and around the joint. Our registered massage therapists will assess and work on the facial muscles in an effort to alleviate tension in TMJ trigger points. Most TMJ massage programs also incorporate intra-oral techniques, that is, massages performed within the mouth itself, in order to adequately reach all of the muscles and areas that factor into TMJ pain. In most cases, the massage is of the kneading variety, which consists of a therapist using the fingers in a constant, circular motion on and around the affected area. Friction and stretching massages can also be incorporated, though these types of massages are better able to be performed by the individual at home to continue the therapy.

TMJ massages have proven very beneficial in helping patients manage the pain that is associated with the temporomandibular joint. However, it’s important to note that not just one massage will result in the be-all, end-all to TMJ pain and discomfort. Massages are something that likely need to be done on a recurring basis – both by a professional and by yourself at home – in order to ensure long-term success. In some cases, massages may be complemented by other treatment options, such as orthodontics or over-the-counter pain killers.

At best, TMJ pain is uncomfortable. But at worst, it can be debilitating. That’s why it’s important to seek a viable treatment option, such as a TMJ massage, to relieve symptoms.

Our London, Ontario office provides same day massage therapy with our registered massage therapists. Discover how a TMJ massage can help you improve your health!