Massage Helps TMJ Suffers
Massage helps TMJ suffers to release the spams in the muscles which begins the process of unwinding all the key components of a TMJ problem. At least 65% to 85% of my clients have dysfunction in the tempromandibular joint (TMJ). Massage helps TMJ suffers with many of their symptoms: pain and muscle spasms in the head; mandible; neck and shoulder muscles; headaches; earaches; clicking noises or deviations when
the jaw moves; limited ability to open the mouth; and dizziness.
What are some of the causes of TMJ? whiplash, grinding of the teeth, misalignment of the jaw, anxiety, stress, trigger points and posture not aligned.
What does a traditional Self-Treatment for TMJ include? Eating soft foods, stretching and following guidance on reducing stress can decreased the majority of symptoms, but when stress levels increase symptoms may return. The goals from massage therapy are to decrease pain, muscle tension, stress and restrictions in the neck and facial muscle
What is the treatment plan?
Initial assessment– Postural assessment using a plumb line and range of motion (ROM) and orthopedic assessments of the neck and TMJ and an interview including questions about location of discomfort, duration, frequency, intensity and quality of pain, and aggravating and relieving factors. An assessment of the acupuncture system by using Electrodermal Screening of the lymphatic points of the jaw and the muscles is also performed,
Massage Therapy Treatment– One Hour session: massage of the muscles inside the mouth (with gloved hands) consisting of compression on the medial and lateral pterygoids to release trigger points and muscle tension and gentle stripping. Myofascial release on the neck muscles and pectoralis major to correct the rounded shoulder posture and release pressure on the jaw followed by stretching. The sternocleidomastoid is massaged to release trigger points and tension. Kneading, stripping and trigger point release through compression is also used on neck muscles. These techniques are done to relieve pain, increase blood flow to the muscles and elevate endorphin levels to further reduce the client’s pain and stress.
Finally, Manual Lymphatic Drainage is done to reduce swelling and aid detoxification. This process is very gentle stretching of the skin of the face and neck to open and close the valves in the lymph veins.
The client is instructed on how perform daily exercises involving retraction to decrease forward head posture. To keep the jaw muscles from clenching, the client compresses and stretches the masseter and temporalis muscles, and performs self myofascial massage over pectoralis major. She/He also applies heat and ice alternately to painful areas.
A Complementary Consultation may be scheduled with Teri Stokes, ND, LMT (MT002656) call 706-781-4048 for an appointment.