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Advanced Massage for Temporomanibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), Face and Jaw Pain

The complex temporomandibular joint has several muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints involved in its function. Any condition that prevents these components from working properly may cause a TMJ disorder

A simple palpation assessment helps determine if there is a problem with the joint and soft tissues.

An effective treatment protocol of myofascial release, trigger point therapy and craniosacral therapy applied to the upper back, neck, face, head and intra orally to release soft tissue restrictions restoring balance to the joint.


  • Pain is the most common symptom, often described as a dull aching pain in the jaw joint and nearby areas, including the ear.
  • Toothache (in the absence of dental problems)
  • Popping/clicking or grating in the jaw joint
  • A bite that feels uncomfortable or 'off'
  • Neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Worn teeth
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Teeth clencing
  • Trismus(difficulty opening mouth)
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Headache/Migraines
  • Twitching face or eye muscles
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sensitivity to light/noise
  • Tinnitus
  • Dizzy Spells
  • Earaches

Common causes on TMJ dysfunction
Certain factors make more people prone to TMJ dysfunction

  • Whiplash injury. (accidents where airbag has deployed)
  • Having one dominant chewing side
  • Chewing gum
  • Teeth grinding (Bruxism)
  • Teeth clenching
  • Poor fitting dentures
  • Heavy telephone use
  • Poor dentistry
  • Tooth extraction
  • Lengthy dental procedures

Data from focus groups and surveys of people with TMJ disorder suggest people often experience frustration with conventional treatment but are often satisfied with complementary and alternative treatments.