For those with jaw or neck pain, headaches, reduced movement in jaw, TMJD Syndrome or after a dental procedure which has kept the mouth open for a while. Clients have reported faster change and improvement from Intraoral Massage.
Intraoral Massage is a safe and effective set of manual techniques that reduce tension in the muscles and fascia of the face, jaw, mouth, neck and throat. It is an effective treatment for patients who suffer from TMJ dysfunction, clenching, grinding, painful or clicking of the jaw, jaw tension, migraines, chronic sinus problems, head injuries, whiplash strains from dental procedures, headaches, tinnitus, chronic face and neck pain and ear congestion.
For some patients Intraoral massage is temporarily painful and for others it is not. This depends mostly on the level of tension already on the muscle structure and fascial restrictions present in the mouth or jaw.
My personal experience led me to become a massage therapist and include Intraoral in my practice. I had severe TMJD Syndrome as a teenager and a physical therapist used this and other trigger point techniques to help me.
Even for patients without regular headaches or jaw pain it can be very helpful after dental work to bring the structure of the face and jaw back into balance to reduce reactions to extended periods of time with their mouth open.
TMJ Dysfunction Signs and Symptoms:
• TMJ noise clicking popping, grinding
• Head forward posture
• Limited opening
• Ear congestion and pain
• Swelling of the face
• Tinnitus Ringing in the ears
• Difficulty swallowing
• Loose teeth
• Facial pain
• Fatigued facial muscles
• Tender sensitive teeth
- For generalized and sometimes pinpointed relief of jaw or TMJ pain.
- For improved range of motion or mobility and ease of jaw open and closure
- For relief of discomfort after having dental surgery, fillings, or any procedure that requires the mouth to be open for an extended period of time.
- For a reduction of stress and pain in the neck and face related to muscles used in eating, grinding or clenching of the jaw.
- For reduction of TMJ syndrome related discomfort, symptoms and or complications.
- For improved mobility of the TMJ joint.
Jennifer came to my office and demonstrated Intraoral massage for myself and my partner. I had a patient come to me with a closed lock of the TMJ joint. I referred her to Jennifer and after one session she was able to chew again and experienced great improvement. I felt really good about the referral, and will continue to do so with my patients in need. ~ Dr. Jim K DMD Hillsboro