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Intraoral Massage for TMJ Disorder and Headache Relief in Seattle

Updated: Oct 7, 2023


TMJ disorder can create jaw pain and headaches

Are you struggling with TMJ disorder or chronic headaches? If so, you're not alone - these conditions can be extremely frustrating and can have a big impact on your quality of life. Fortunately, there are treatments available that can help to alleviate symptoms and improve your overall well-being.


Intraoral massage can be an excellent treatment option for those seeking relief from TMJ disorder or headaches.


Benefits of Intraoral Massage for TMJ Disorder and Headaches


Intraoral massage is a type of massage is performed inside the mouth and focuses on the muscles, connective tissue, and joints of the jaw. It reduces tension in the jaw muscles to relieve facial tightness, pain, and headaches. It's often very relieving for neck and shoulder tightness as well.


For those suffering from TMJ disorder, intraoral massage can be a precious alternative to drugs and surgery.


TMJ disorder, or TMD, is a common condition that affects the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. Symptoms of TMJ disorder can include clenching and grinding, jaw pain, difficulty biting or chewing, a clicking or popping sound when moving the jaw, and headaches or facial pain.


Intraoral massage is effective for treating TMJ disorder because it directly targets the muscles and tissues in the jaw, neck, and face that are responsible for moving the jaw. By releasing tension in these muscles and improving circulation, intraoral massage can reduce pain and improve mobility in the jaw joint. Over time this can improve alignment and reduce wear and tear on the teeth and jaw.


Massage therapy is also a good way to reduce stress, which is an important factor for those living with TMD and tension headaches. Stress management can prevent symptoms from worsening or reoccurring.


Who Performs Intraoral Massage and What to Expect


Intraoral massage is performed by therapists who have specialized knowledge of the anatomy and function of the jaw and its related structures. These therapists may be physical therapists, dental professionals, or licensed massage therapists with specialized training in intraoral massage.


It's important to choose a therapist who is trained and experienced in intraoral massage because the muscles and tissues inside the mouth are delicate and should be treated with care.


During an intraoral massage, you typically lie down and relax under a blanket. You can be clothed or unclothed.


The external muscles of the jaw, head, and neck are usually massaged first before intraoral massage begins. Then the therapist will put on gloves and massage inside the mouth, including the cheeks, gums, and tongue.


Intraoral massage should not be painful. Although the muscles of the jaw can be very tight and tender, the therapist should adjust their pressure and techniques to be well within your tolerance. This prevents next-day inflammation and backlash. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort during an intraoral massage, it is important to let the therapist know.


To that end, your therapist should suggest a communication system before your treatment begins. A popular way to signal that there's too much pressure or you need a break is simply raising your hand to get your therapist's attention, and they'll pause the intraoral massage.


The treatment may be combined with other forms of massage or bodywork to create a more holistic experience.


Experience the Benefits of Intraoral Massage Today


Intraoral massage in Seattle by Sage Bodywork

If you're interested in trying intraoral massage for TMJ disorder or chronic headache relief in Seattle, you can book an appointment with Jesse Martel (licensed massage therapist MA60875642). She endorsed by the Washington Health Department to provide intraoral massage and has experience with TMJ disorder both as a patient and a practioner. You can start with a 30 or 60 minute appointment.


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