TMJ & Jaw Pain
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, AKA jaw joint dysfunction, is a serious and painful condition that affects the jaw joints and the surrounding muscles.
TMJ is characterised by limited and painful movement of the jaw. The joint may click when opened and shut. Common causes of TMJ syndrome include stress, which results in clenching of the jaw and tooth grinding (bruxism), congenital misalignment of the teeth or jaw, or extensive dental work. TMJ is often accompanied by tinnitus.
Historically the medical treatment for TMJ has included surgery and implants although this has been controversial and a more conservative approach now tends to be taken including medication, dental splints, behavioural and physical therapy.
Myofascial Release for TMJ & Jaw Pain
Myofascial release and advanced massage techniques for clients with TMJ syndrome involves working on the muscles and soft tissues of the neck, shoulders, jaw and head. This will include work inside the mouth which can be extremely beneficial to release soft tissue restrictions.