TMJ is a common condition (much more common than is thought!) which causes pain and movement restriction within the joint (or temporalmandibula joint as it is know). The condition can be extremely debilitating and life affecting for those who suffer form the condition. Symptoms associated with TMJ are not just limited to jaw pain, they can be wide and extremely varied; for example, a person can be suffering from TMJ but not report any significant pain around the jaw, with many of their symptoms coming in the way of headaches, neck and shoulder pain, dizziness, tinnitus, ear ache (without infection)...the list goes on. Sufferers often struggle without receiving a definitive diagnosis. Some suffer for many years without hope. Medical intervention is often expensive and invasive with low success rates.
The good news is that appropriately trained massage therapists are in a unique position to help sufferers of this condition get out of pain and restriction quickly and safely. Disorders of the muscles of the TMJ are the most common complaints by TMJ patients.
TMJ can be due a number of causes and issues; worn teeth or an uneven bite can be a possible cause, as can various other medical conditions. Simple causes of TMJ can be as a result of tension within the jaw and neck and shoulder muscles caused by overuse of the muscles.
Pain in the joint will often be coming from the soft tissues surrounding it.
Even if there is a physical problem with the disc or the joint itself the muscles will often be involved and a significant reduction in pain and improved function can be achieved with a combination of advanced techniques including trigger point work, craniosacral techniques and myofascial release.
Imbalances throughout the body can also be having and effect on pain from the jaw; for example, tension within the neck and shoulder can potentially create a pull on the jaw and create a misalignment in the joint - creating pain and dysfunction. At Body in Balance we don't just look at the site of pain, but assess other areas of the body which may be contributing.
Some of the common symptoms of TMJ can include
Jeff Pringle is a qualified TMJ practitioner having completed a fully accredited Diploma in TMJ therapy with Tracey Kiernan at Blend Therapy Training. Fully qualified and insured in order to specifically treat TMJ, you can be assured you will receive a safe and effective treatment for this debilitating condition.
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