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TMJ Massage

Bodywork can relieve pain and reduce tension in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement.  If you have a chronically tight jaw, or grind and clench your teeth in your sleep, this type of session is for you as a complement to whatever medical and/or dental care you are receiving.

The temporomandibular joint is one of the most active joints in the body since every time we bite down, chew food, talk or swallow we activate it.

This massage can include intra-oral work where the practitioner uses a gloved finger inside the mouth to massage the chewing muscles from inside the cheek.  I don't rush into this.  Typically it may be recommended after one or two sessions when the surrounding external areas have already been released.

I also offer suggestions for self-massage -- self-care techniques that clients can do at home -- between sessions.

A Wonderful Adjunct To Dental Work

Depending on the severity of the symptoms, a mouth guard is commonly prescribed as a treatment for TMJ Disorder (TMD).  This treatment helps protect teeth from the damage grinding can cause during sleep, but it doesn't affect the tension, nor the symptoms tension creates.  

Massage therapy can be a welcome ally.  Soft-tissue work can assist the body in integrating the dental work and allow for a more successful result.

Call today to schedule a session to take care of yourself.

Graphic below shows several potential related symptoms that arise with TMJ.


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Massage and bodywork is provided for the basic purpose of relaxation and relief of muscular tension. Massage or bodywork should not be construed as a substitute for medical examination, diagnosis or treatment. Massage/bodywork practitioners are not qualified to perform spinal or skeletal adjustments, diagnose, prescribe or treat any physical or mental illness. Nothing said in the course of bodywork sessions should be construed as such. Massage/bodywork should NOT be performed under certain medical conditions. Please fill out your intake form with care and advise us of updates.