I truly felt much, much better in my skin after one session. It was almost instant and very noticeable before and after the appointment.
- 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. Unfortunately, many medical professionals perform intraoral massage in an aggressive, painful, and inflammatory way. WE DO NOT. Your 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 can get specialty training in Intraoral Massage and receive state endorsement to offer it. Your provider should always have a state endorsement (you can ask to see it), and should always wear a glove when working inside the mouth.
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.