Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD or TMJD)
Have you ever experienced pain while talking or chewing? A popping or clicking in your jaw? Do you have a history of grinding your teeth? These are a few of the signs of a condition affecting millions of people, known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD). If you have TMJD, you may find that in addition to dental attention, massage and craniosacral therapy can offer tremendous relief. I am a TMJ Therapist South Houston and Sugar Land Texas and can address all TMJ related pain.
WHAT IS TMJD?
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is the name for a group of symptoms that involve the temporomandibular, or jaw joints. Besides jaw pain, grinding and popping, you may also experience limited jaw movement, ringing in the ears, dizziness, headaches, or pain and limited range of motion in the neck and shoulders.
TMJD can have a variety of causes, such as traumatic injury to the jaw, an uneven bite, arthritis of the temporomandibular joint, or the slipping or tearing of the joint’s disk. Traumatic injuries in the neck and shoulders, such as whiplash, can also bring on TMJD. Other causes include stress overload and postural problems.
HOW DOES MASSAGE HELP?
Researchers generally agree the most common element of TMJD is myofascial pain – discomfort in the muscles (myo) and their connective tissue coverings (fascia). Massage can relieve myofascial pain by releasing muscle tension and stretching contracted fascia of the muscles that control the jaw, neck and shoulders. Mary Foster TMJ therapist South Houston and Sugar Land Texas call 832-338-8549 today for more information or to schedule an appointment.
As tissues relax, circulation increases. This softens fascia, cleanses tissues of irritating by-products of inflammation, and improves nutrition to stressed areas. Pain is relieved, and headache strength and frequency are often reduced. Range of motion in the jaw, neck and shoulders improves, allowing a return to more natural posture.
In some cases, dentists treat TMJD with an appliance to reposition the jaw. Massage can help relax the surrounding muscles so that a correct fitting can be made.
STRESS, MASSAGE AND TMJD
Physical or mental stress can play a major part in TMJD by increasing muscle tension and heightening sensitivity to pain. Massage can help, first by relieving pain, a major stressor for TMJD sufferers. Second, research shows that massage clams the nervous system. This allows muscles to relax, slows and deepens the breath, and frees up energy for vital maintenance functions such as repair of injured tissue. Just knowing there is something you can do to reduce your symptoms, even temporarily, can relieve emotional stress by giving you some control over your situation.
SUPPORT FOR YOUR HEALING
Early intervention that includes a complete dental examination.
Both cranial sacral therapy and massage techniques are used to soften the tight, sore muscles. This usually takes a few session (anywhere from 4-10), where the pain will diminish with each session.
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