Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction or Syndrome (TMJ)

Jaw Bone TMJ TreatmentTemporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) means a multitude of problems in and around the jaw. The TMJ is the joint between the lower jaw and skull with a cartilage disc separating the two. There are also 4 powerful muscles, which move the jaw into different positions to allow us to speak and chew. With TMJ there is normally a collection of symptoms including a dysfunctional bite, teeth grinding and loose ligaments surrounding the jaw that allow excessive movement between the bones.  These symptoms can result in pain in the head, neck, shoulder, ear and/or mouth. Clicking or locking of the jaw; and loss of range of motion in the jaw is also possible. Other symptoms include ringing in the ear (tinnitus), difficulty swallowing / speaking and sleeping, sensitivity to light and noise, dizzy spells, worn teeth and twitching of face or eye muscles.

Massage can be especially useful in the early teeth-clenching stages of TMJ problems, by addressing the muscles of the jaw and neck and also also through treating the referring pain patterns in the head, neck and shoulders.


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