Massage for Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction

Incorporated Modalities

  • Certified Intraoral Massage

  • Myofascial Release

  • Myofascial Unwinding

  • Deep Tissue

  • Craniosacral Therapy

  • Lymphatic Clearing

  • Acupressure

What can I expect during my session?

  • Muscles of the jaw, face and head are sensitive; sessions can be painful depending on the level of tension and degree of TMJ dysfunction

  • We hold a lot of emotions in our mouths; when the muscle tension associated with those emotions are released, somatic release and tears are common

  • Different combinations of techniques are utilized each session depending on what the body presents with that day and specificgoals for that treatment

  • Hips are balanced with the neck, head and jaw before the close of the session

  • Dramatic shifts in muscle tension, emotions and alignment are common

  • Avoid eating hard and chewy foods for 48 hours following treatment

  • Go for a short walk after your session to ground and integrate the work

Benefits of Massage for TMJ Disorders

  • Decreases muscle tension in head, neck and jaw

  • Decreases grinding and clenching

  • Decreases clicking and grating with jaw movement

  • Decreases mouth and jaw discomfort

  • Decreases headaches associated with TMJ dysfunction

  • Decreases pain and paresthesia in the upper extremities stimulated by TMJ dysfunction

  • Increases bilateral TMJ range of motion

  • Eases movement of jaw

  • Encourages even movement of bilateral TMJs

  • Improves difficulties swallowing

  • Balances uneven palate and TMJ alignment

  • Balances hips to support hold of TMJs and cranial alignment

  • Reduces tinnitus related to TMJ alignment

  • Improves hearing related to TMJ inflammation

  • Reduces dizziness caused by TMJ dysfunction

  • Encourages sinus pressure relief

Tara Louis, LMT

Washington State Intraoral Massage Certified since 2009

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