Therapeutic Massage Effective Treatment to relieve Jaw Pain from TMJD
Updated: May 4, 2019
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:
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
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
get fitted for a night guard/splint to reduce tooth clenching and grinding
relax. Learn relaxation techniques to help control muscle tension in the jaw.