TMJ? Try Massage!

Do you suffer from TMJ pain? If you experience pain while chewing, lock jaw, headaches, limited range of motion in the jaw, sore neck and shoulders, ringing in the ears and swallowing difficulties, you could be suffering from TMJ syndrome.

A common cause of TMJ include grinding of the teeth or clenching the jaw, usually at night while you sleep but can also happen during the day in response to stress. Another cause of TMJ is impact to the jaw, such as a fall or getting hit in the chin. In other instances it could be arthritis in the jointtmj-mayo.

Some key symptoms of TMJ can be ear aches, pain in the face, headaches, or sinus pain. Oftentimes people do not link these issues together but they often go hand in hand. TMJ pain can be felt in the joint, behind the ear, around the sinuses, in the skull face, neck and shoulders. (Learn more about TMJ and Chiropractic)

Massage therapy can be a very effective tool in reducing the pain and irritation that comes along with TMJ syndrome. Your massage therapist will evaluate the muscles of the head, neck, shoulders, and jaw. The jaw is compromised of muscles around the cheek and jaw joint, as well as muscles on the inside of the mouth. The massage therapist will work on the affected muscles to relieve trigger points to help reduce pain and improve motion in the jaw

Make sure to let your massage therapist knows all of your symptoms in order for them to better treat the problem. By creating a detailed picture of your pain, the massage therapist can focus on the muscles that are causing the discomfort.

Massage therapy is a good resource for getting rid of TMJ pain. If you have questions about how massage can better your pain or about TMJ, let us know!


Chiropractic and TMJ

Two of the most common conditions involving the head that chiropractors treat are TMJ syndrome and headaches.

The TMJ is where your jaw bone connects to the skull. It is also called the temporomandibular joint, TMJ for short. Since it is a very mobile joint, any misalignment or restriction in this joint can cause pain in and around the jaw, ear or head.

Causes of TMJ syndrome include: grinding or clenching of the jaw, excessive gum chewing, poor alignment of the teeth, arthritis, genetics, etc. tmj-mayo

Some common symptoms of TMJ syndrome are: pain or tenderness of your jaw, pain in one or both of the TMJ joints, aching pain in and around your ear, difficulty chewing or pain while chewing, aching facial pain, or locking of the joint (this makes it difficult to open and close your mouth).

Chiropractors know how how the TMJ, along with many other joints, is suppose to function. After your chiropractor assesses your jaw, they may do an adjustment to your TMJ to put it back in alignment. It’s hard to believe that a chiropractor can adjust your jaw, but if it’s a joint, a chiropractor can adjust it!

When joints become dysfunctional, other surrounding tissues can be negatively impacted. Muscles can become tight and cause pain, and irritation to the nerves can cause pain in other places including headaches.

If you suffer from TMJ or are having issues with jaw pain, headaches, or discomfort it’s time to see a chiropractor!