How Temporomandibular Joint Massage can Ease Jaw Pain

Date Posted:5 February 2018

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) is inflamed and painful chewing muscles around your jaw.

For some people this pain can be temporary, but for others it can be an acute issue resulting in constant pain and discomfort.



Jaw pain can occur for many reasons such as:


·         Fractures

·         Tooth grinding

·         Imperfect bite

·         Tooth clenching


A TMJ massage can help you relieve this pain! Professionals perform different types of therapies to address the underlying issues including:


Friction Massage- For some people, merely putting pressure on the pain is not enough to ease discomfort so it is essential the right technique is being used to support the issue. A Friction massage aims to provide comfort in the area suffering the most pain. The lower portion of the jaw, just below the masseter and along the jawline is known as the mandible muscle. Experts use their index finger to gently apply pressure to the mandible muscle to ease the pain.


Kneading Massage- A Kneading massage occurs when experts use their index fingers to provide a constant, circular motion against the joints and muscles that are most affected of TMJ pain. The circular motion warms the muscles, improves lymph function and flushes out waste buildups.


Stretching Massage- In this type of massage, the professionals start by placing two thumbs parallel to your jaw line, just above the mandible muscles. They press on this muscle as they drag their thumbs down against your jaw, slowly stretching the muscle away from your maxillary (upper jaw). They also stretch and massage the mandible muscle by placing two fingers of one hand on the mandible and two fingers of the other hand on the masseter muscles. They press their fingers toward each other, until their finger tips are in the line between both muscles. They hold this position for a few seconds before relaxing.


Jaw soreness can result in several dental issues so it is essential to maintain a good oral hygiene routine. It is important to visit a dental specialist regularly and receive proper aid to maintain good dental health.


If you feel sore or stiff for too long, it is best to consult a doctor for treatment options, which includes the use of a mouth guard to stop nighttime teeth grinding and treatment that uses a combination of the TMJ massage techniques. Get the best TMJ massage with a professional today!