The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. Temporomandibular joint disorder, known more commonly as TMD, occurs when there are problems with the muscles and jaws in the face.
Some of the most common TMD symptoms include:
- Pain in the face, jaw or ear area
- Headaches (often mimicking migraines(, earaches, and pain and pressure behind the eyes
- A 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
TMJ pain can be a systemic problem if it doesn’t go away. If you do notice you’re sore or stiff for too long, see your dentist or doctor for treatment options, such as a mouth guard to stop nightmare grinding from taking its toll on your jaw. Treatment, paired with these TMJ massage techniques, can help you drop the pain and go back to a comfortable smile.
Clenching and grinding the teeth, misaligned bite, as well as whiplash injury can be a causative factor of TMJ.
Massage of the facial muscles both on the face and inside the mouth can be very beneficial in alleviating or managing the pain caused by TMJ.
In my practice I also find it to be a huge contributing factor in chronic neck and shoulder pain in many individuals.