Massage Therapy Treatment for TMJ Syndrome
In treating TMJ Syndrome, the massage therapist will focus the treatment on:
* the reduction of tension in the masticatory (chewing muscles)
* eliminating trigger points (the hyperirritable "knots" felt in the muscle that refers pain elsewhere)
* and releasing tension in the fascia around the jaw area (fascia is the tough, densely woven connective tissue that surrounds every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel and organ of the body)
The intent of massage therapy is to relax the soft tissues, increase delivery of blood and oxygen to the massaged area, decrease pain and increase range of motion
Areas that are treated during the massage:
Head, neck, shoulders, jaw and in some cases intra-oral massage in required.
Intra-oral massage is performed by the massage therapist using a gloved hand. The massage of the muscles inside the mouth is performed to release muscles of the jaw. This treatment will have the therapist and client in direct communication at all times and the therapist will stop often to make sure the client is feeling comfortable during the entire session.