TMJ massage refers to a specific type of massage therapy that focuses on releasing tension and addressing dysfunction in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
The TMJ is the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull and is responsible for movements such as chewing, talking, and yawning.
TMJ massage typically involves gentle, targeted techniques to relieve muscle tension, reduce pain, improve jaw mobility, and alleviate symptoms associated with TMJ disorders such as jaw pain, headaches, and jaw clicking. It can be performed by a specialized TMJ therapist.
When you get a TMJ massage, a trained therapist will use various techniques to relieve tension and discomfort in the muscles around your jaw and temporomandibular joint.
Here's what typically happens during a TMJ massage:
The therapist will begin by assessing your condition and asking you about your symptoms, medical history, and any factors that may contribute to your TMJ dysfunction and create a treatment plan with you.
You will be comfortably positioned on a massage table.
The therapist may start the session with relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing exercises or gentle stretching & massage to help you relax and prepare for the massage.
The therapist will use gentle and targeted massage techniques and modalities to address the muscles and soft tissues around the jaw, face, neck, and shoulders.
Throughout the massage, the therapist will ask for feedback and adjust their techniques based on your comfort level. It's essential to communicate any discomfort or pain during the session.
After the massage, the therapist may provide you with self-care instructions and recommend exercises or lifestyle modifications to help manage your TMJ symptoms.
They may also suggest follow-up sessions or refer you to other healthcare professionals if necessary.
It's important to note that the effects of a TMJ massage may vary from person to person. While some people experience immediate relief, others may require multiple sessions to achieve significant improvement.