I’ll be closed on Thursday, July 4, but open Wednesday and Friday that week. And…FYI… I’ve started integrating some of the new techniques I learned in the TMJ Mastery training in Canada earlier this month, and my SomatoEmotional Release class from May.
I have recently become aware that some widely used pharmaceutical medications cause jaw clenching and grinding as side effects.
The best known are in a class called SSRIs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, commonly prescribed for depression. I’m sure you’ve heard of Prozac (fluoxetine). Here are some other SSRIs:
- Zoloft (sertraline)
- Celexa (citalopram)
- Lexapro (escitalopram)
- Paxil and Pexeva (paroxetine and paroxetine CR)
- Viibryd (vilazodone)
- Luvox (fluvoxamine and fluvoxamine CR)
In addition, antipsychotics like Haldol are said to cause bruxism. Symbyax, which is Prozac plus the antipsychotic Zyprexa (fluoxetine + olanzapine), is also on the list.
In general, if you take any medications in these categories and you are clenching or grinding your teeth, talk to your doctor about alternatives: psychotropics, dopamine agonists, antihistaminergics, and psychostimulants.
Cigarette smoking, caffeine, alcohol, and recreational drugs all may increase the risk of bruxism, studies have found.
I recently learned that there’s an alternative to pharmaceuticals for treating depression and other mental disorders. It’s called TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) and it works with your brain waves (rather than the chemical approach using particles).
I know one integrative MD in Austin who offers it, and your insurance may cover it for depression. To learn more, please connect with Oak Hill Wellness Center. They even offer a free TMS consultation.
It’s been approved by the FDA to treat depression and migraines, and it’s also being used to treat anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Asperger syndrome, TBI, ADHD, and more.
One more bit of info: I had a new TMJ Relief patient who was taking an SSRI for depression. I treated her and gave her the info above, but unlike others I’ve treated, she didn’t notice a difference at the end of the session.
However, she emailed me the next day to tell me that for the first time in a while, she woke up without severe jaw pain and headache.
So even if you are taking an SSRI and have jaw pain, one of my TMJ Relief sessions (or even better, the 5-sessions-in-4-weeks program) can help, and meanwhile you can be investigating alternatives.
Siri Scull, certified hypnotist, coach, and nutritionist, and I (MaryAnn Reynolds, LMT, board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, provider of TMJ relief sessions) are offering a free class on April 1, 7:30-8:45 pm at Soma Vida.
This first class is free, and we ask that you claim a ticket on Eventbrite so we can be sure to have enough seating for everyone.
This (optional) class serves as an introduction to our 4-class series offered remotely via Zoom on April 8, 15, 22, and 29 at the same time period.
This 4-class series includes:
~ Hypnotic visualizations to help you unwind tightness
~ Specialized exercises and techniques to soften the jaw
~ Nutritional & supplement suggestions to promote relaxation
~ Best sleep practices to promote a relaxed jaw
~ Ongoing support as you change habits on a conscious and unconscious level
The tuition is $149 for the 4-class series taught over Zoom. Save $25 if you bring a friend! You may pay MaryAnn via PayPal (paypal.me/maryannreynolds) or Venmo (www.venmo.com/MaryAnn-Reynolds-1) at the April 1st meeting or before April 8 to secure your spot.
Class is taught by Mary Ann Reynolds, MS, LMT, board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, providing TMJ Relief sessions and packages, AND Siri Scull, NC CHt, certified Hypnotherapist, Coach, and Nutritional Counselor specializing in habit change.
Contact me, MaryAnn Reynolds, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512)-507-4184 (leave VM or text) if you have any questions.
We hope to see you at our informational meeting on April 1, or via Zoom for the class series, or both!
I have been taking a fantastic class called NLP+Presentations. The first part was this past weekend, and the second part will be in mid-February.
I’m working on a presentation for dental offices. It will be an hour max, so it could be a lunch-and-learn or a training offered to staff early or late in the workday.
I probably don’t need to tell you that some people complain of jaw pain after receiving dental work.
Dental professionals need to accommodate them by offering frequent breaks from wide-open mouth position — some even use devices to keep the mouth cranked wide open.
Dental offices also experience cancellations when someone’s jaw pain has flared up and they can’t even imagine holding their mouth open for dental treatment.
In fact, dental professionals are often the first health care professionals to let someone know that their clenching and/or grinding habit is damaging their teeth.
Although they offer orthotic devices to protect teeth and/or try to realign the TMJs, and they can usually repair the tooth damage they encounter, they don’t work on the biggest cause of jaw pain — myofascial tension. In fact, most dentists receive little or no training in the jaw — their domain is teeth and gums.
As a massage therapist, my domain is the myofascial realm of muscles and soft tissues. I work on postural issues, shoulder and neck tension, decompression of cranial bones, and do intra-oral work on all four internal jaw muscles — as gently as possible.
I can help dental offices help their patients, and I believe we can work well together.
If you think your dentist might be interested in this free training, please connect us. I’ll be offering trainings starting in late February.
So far I’ve had two clients come in for TMJ relief sessions who have previously seen multiple practitioners who worked inside their mouths.
They’ve seen chiropractors, chiropractic neurologists, Rolfers, dentists trained by the Las Vegas Institute (LVI), and/or other massage therapists.
These two clients both told me, “No one has ever touched me there,” after I worked on their lateral pterygoids.
These are small and hard to access muscles, and in my opinion (and my main TMJ teacher’s opinion), they are most often the key muscles to address to release jaw tension.
It’s not that the other jaw muscles don’t contribute. They do, and in roughly 10% of the TMD cases I’ve worked on so far, one of the medial pterygoids is the problem child.
The external jaw muscles — the masseters and temporalises — also play a role in jaw tension but are never (that I’ve seen in 5 years) the biggest cause.
In other words, 90% of the time when people have jaw pain from muscle tension, the lateral pterygoids are the biggest culprit.
It’s not that these other intra-oral practitioners have nothing to offer. I’m not familiar with all of them, but chiropractors, Rolfers, and massage therapists have definitely helped me.
But if jaw tension and pain resulting from jaw tension is your major complaint, and you’d like a sense of spaciousness in your TMJs (if you can even imagine how great that would feel), go to a practitioner that works on the lateral pterygoids.
Other things that distinguish my work:
- I work as gently as possible.
- I never make any sudden moves.
- My sessions start with full body alignment to get you relaxed and progress toward the intra-oral work at the end.
- I offer you legal hemp oil to relieve anxiety, pain, and inflammation before working in your mouth. It’s not required, but some clients really like it.
- I offer single TMJ Relief sessions as well as a TMJ Relief Program consisting of 5 sessions in 4 weeks for lasting change, along with education and support for habit change and self-care.
- I created a Facebook group, Word of Mouth: Resources for Jaw Pain/Dysfunction, for people who want to work on their jaw issues.
I hope this information helps you at least ask informed questions when choosing a practitioner to relieve your jaw tension and pain.