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Therapeutic Massage Effective Treatment to relieve Jaw Pain from TMJD

Updated: Jun 24, 2021

Firstly, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the jaw to the temporal bone of the skull.

TMJD (temporomandibular joint disorder) occurs when the muscles are affected d/t tension, tightness, adhesions, trigger points causing pain and malalignment of the jaw from inflamed and painful chewing.

For others, TMJD can be a chronic issue resulting in constant pain & discomfort. Causes are relatively subjective, but may be linked to stress fractures, an imperfect bite, tooth grinding or tooth clenching related to stress.

Signs & Symptoms include:

  • pain in the face, jaw or ear area

  • headaches (often mimicking migraines), earaches, and pain and pressure behind the eyes

  • clicking or popping sound when opening or closing the mouth

  • jaw that "gets stuck," locked or goes out of place

  • tenderness of the jaw muscles

  • swelling of the face


There is no single cure for TMJD. Options include:

  1. therapeutic massage for TMJD can act as an effective, non-medicinal way to release the affected tissue and reduce the pain associated with TMJ pain

  2. your dentist may prescribe medication to try and alleviate muscle spasm and pain such as a muscle relaxant, aspirin, over-the-counter pain relievers, or anti-inflammatory drugs

  3. get fitted for a night guard/splint to reduce tooth clenching and grinding

  4. relax. Learn relaxation techniques to help control muscle tension in the jaw.


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