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Intraoral Massage

Relief for:

  • TMJ Disorder

  • Jaw tightness, pain, and clicking

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Stubborn neck and shoulder tightness

Not only will you potentially fall asleep during a session, you may be so relaxed you'll start snoring. They released muscle tension, relieved nerve pain, and actually made my body feel more structurally sound. 

- Ariana M.

Intraoral Massage FAQ

What is Intraoral Massage?

Intraoral massage refers to massage done inside the mouth to treat the deep muscles of the jaw. It's very relieving for jaw tightness and pain, headaches, and neck issues. Intraoral massage is effective for treating TMJ Disorder (chronic jaw tightness, clicking, and pain) because it directly releases tension and improves circulation in the muscles that are responsible for moving the jaw, which reduces pain and improves mobility in the jaw joint. Over time this can improve alignment and reduce wear and tear on the teeth and jaw.

Does it hurt?

The deep muscles of the jaw are often very tight, and unfortunately, many medical professionals go too deep too fast and it's uncomfortable and inflammatory. We do not practice this way. Your intraoral massage should NOT hurt. If there's any discomfort, for any reason, please alert your therapist (raise your hand) and we'll fix it immediately.

Is it weird? What should I expect?

For the most part, it's like any other massage. We usually start with some relaxing massage for the external muscles of the head, scalp, and neck, and then check in before moving onto intraoral treatment. Then your therapist will put on a glove and with your permission, begin the intraoral treatment. You don't have to hold your jaw open the whole time like you're at the dentist, you can actually let your jaw relax during the massage. The intraoral portion of treatment is usually 5-20 minutes total.

Who does Intraoral Massage?

You may receive intraoral massage from your dentist, physical therapist, or TMJ specialist. In Washington state, Licensed Massage Therapists with advanced training in Intraoral Massage may receive state endorsement to offer it. Your provider should always have an intraoral endorsement indicated on their massage license (you can ask to see it).

How much Intraoral Massage will I need?

Most people experience immediate relief at the first session. Depending on how long your symptoms have been going on and how severe they are, your therapist can help you create a custom treatment plan when you come in. Additionally, we're happy to teach you self-massage techniques you can do at home.

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