Many people have problems with their temporomandibular joints (TMJ), such as:
- pain in the jaw, neck, ear, and/or head
- jaw tightness or stuckness
- limited ability to open the mouth
- clicking or popping noises or a grating feeling when opening and/or closing the jaw
TMJ issues are often accompanied by behaviors of clenching the jaw or grinding the teeth, sometimes in one’s sleep. Eating and even talking may become difficult. There isn’t a clear cause, although stress or injury probably bear some responsibility.
Dentists often prescribe night guards, bite guards, or oral splints to prevent tooth damage from clenching or grinding. This may protect the teeth, but it doesn’t relieve the symptoms of TMJ disorder/jaw pain.
From what I understand, the problem is usually neuromuscular in origin, which means massage can help.
I am announcing that after training with Ryan Hallford of the Craniosacral Resource Center in Southlake, TX, many hours of practice, and getting good results on my practice clients (for whom I am extremely grateful), I am offering a new specialty within my massage practice: craniosacral therapy for TMJ disorder/jaw pain.
It’s a bit more medical than the Ashiatsu and integrative massage sessions that I offer, and to that end, I am using a medical model with a 90-minute initial consultation and follow-up sessions as needed. You can check out my new craniosacral-only website and book sessions online.
Please contact me if you are interested in learning more, in getting a session, or in sharing my business card with your dentist or doctor.