Treating TMJ issues: what various professions do to help

I’m going to write about what various healing professions do to treat TMJ issues to help you be good consumers and know what to expect in terms of results. I am a massage therapist who specializes in TMJ work, including intra-oral (inside the mouth) work, in which I’ve had special training.

I want to say up front that most massage therapists do not work inside the mouth, which is where the jaw muscles most likely to be causing TMJ pain are located. Most massage therapists have the skills to release tension in the external jaw and neck muscles. Maybe that’s all you need, if your jaw pain isn’t severe and it comes and goes. You will feel better after such sessions.

But if you are really suffering from chronic or severe jaw pain and dysfunction, you probably want a lot more than that. You will greatly benefit from intra-oral work, which takes special training and experience to do effectively.

Do not hesitate to ask whether a therapist you are considering working with is trained in releasing tension in the internal jaw muscles and uses gloves or finger cots.

Whole-body work can also help, when the TMJ pain is related to your posture (for instance, head forward posture).

These are the major results that help with TMJ symptoms, along with the professional training that can provide them:

  • reducing stress (massage therapist, acupuncturist, yoga teacher, meditation teacher)
  • reducing tension in your external jaw muscles (massage therapist)
  • releasing trigger points in your external jaw muscles (any kind of therapist with trigger point release training)
  • releasing your neck tension (massage therapist, physical therapist, chiropractor)
  • getting your pelvis aligned and balanced (massage therapist, physical therapist, chiropractor)
  • preventing your teeth from cracking due to bruxism (dentist)
  • reducing tension in your internal jaw muscles (massage therapist with special training, physical therapist with special training, Rolfer)
  • getting craniosacral therapy to restore alignment in the external cranial bones (craniosacral therapist)
  • getting craniosacral therapy to restore alignment in the internal cranial bones (craniosacral therapist)
  • repairing a torn or perforated articular disk (oral surgeon — get reviews first)
  • getting whole-body therapy to help with alignment and release strain patterns (craniosacral therapist, Rolfer, Zero Balancer, yoga teacher, yoga therapist)

This is a brief and imperfect overview to help you get the results you want, and there are many fine points not mentioned here.

 

Special offer: Craniosacral therapy for the upper jaw

You may be aware that I am continuing my training in craniosacral therapy, and in preparation for a class this August, I am offering a technique that you might benefit from. It’s craniosacral therapy for the hard palate, which uses a very light touch to listen to and adjust facial and upper jaw bones and soft tissues.
This technique is recommended for people who:
  • have had TMJ issues
  • have worn braces
  • have had bridges that cross the upper midline
  • have had teeth extracted (especially molars)
  • have experienced facial or head trauma
  • believe they could benefit
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It would be my honor to work with you.
I am happy to offer you up to three sessions at a reduced rate of $70 per session. I’m offering up to three because some of you may want to experience a TMJ Relief session (which I’ve been offering for a few years), and you may also be interested in receiving a full-body craniosacral therapy session (which I’ve also been offering for a few years) before we do a hard palate session.
If you’d like to receive this work, please schedule one to three 60-minute sessions to take place before close of business on Friday, August 3, 2018.
May you experience great ease and joy!