TMJ Disorder Massage

tmj painTemporomadibular joint dysfunction is a disorder of the muscles of mastication (temporalis, masseter, medial and laterally pterygoid) , the temporomadibular joint and associated structures

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TMJ Disorder Massage Therapy Treatment: TMJ Massage TMJ 

  • diaphragmatic breathing
  • trunk and shoulder girdle massage
  • Myofascial Release, Effleurage, Petrissage to shoulder, rotator cuff muscles, pectoralis
  • Neck treatment: splenius capitis and cervicis, cervical erector spinae, suboccipitals, scalenes, sternocleidomastoids (Myofascial release, swedish techniques, GTO release, Muscle stripping, Ischemic compressions and Neuromuscular Therapy)
  • Joint play: Cervical Spine, thorax, shoulder girdle
  • Treat muscles of mastication: externally and intra-orally for trigger points and hypertonicity
  • treat supra/infra hyoids trigger points and hypertonicity
  • traction and passive ROM of the cervical spine
  • scalp treatment tmj massage tmj massage therapy tmj massage treatment

Considerations & Contraindications for TMJ Massage Therapy Treatment:

  • do not compress carotid artery
  • do not massage both SCMs at the same time
  • avoid deep work over styloid process of the temporal bone
  • no cross fiber frictions with anti-inflammatory medications
  • do not use techniques that compress the mandible superiorly
  • watch for latex allergies when using latex gloves for intra oral massage
  • avoid using heavy, deep pressure during  intra-oral massage
  • no Passive ROM of mandible with history of dislocation

TMJ Massage: Signs and Symptoms

  • postural dysfunctions, head forward posture
  • other pathologies of joint/muscles
  • early stage of TMJ Disorder: clicking, popping, pain, headache, spasm, decreased ROM, ear stuffiness, hearing loss, inflammation, adhesions, tinnitus (ringing), nausea

TMJ Massage: Self care for TMJ Disorder:

  • self massage to TMJ muscles tmj massage tmj massage therapy tmj massage 
  • heat to Hypertonic muscles
  • stretches of cervical spine, Passive ROM of TMJ
  • mouth guard for people who grind their teeth
  • diaphragmatic breathing tmj massage tmj massage therapy tmj massage treatment tmj massage tmj massage therapy tmj massage treatment