Sometimes the pain might be felt in your jaw. Other times, you might feel pain in your neck. It can also cause headaches. And you are almost certain to feel popping or clicking in your jaw when you chew.
What causes that? TMJ.
TMJ is also known as Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorder. Some cases are very simple, and others can be very complex and when ignored and left untreated, it becomes worse and takes longer for the symptoms to ease.
No one wants to live like that! Luckily, massage can help ease some of the symptoms of TMJ, and I do have clients in Fort Worth who come to see me for face massage and cupping to help them with their TMJ pain.
While there are some slight differences between clients, they all include the following:
I use hot stones to slowly massage the masseter (That’s your main chewing muscle.)
I use smaller face cups so that I can get firmer pressure that pulls on your masseter and your temporalis (that other dominant chewing muscle.) I might even use a face cup on your forehead.
I use cold therapy in this case with marble stones.
Even when you’re coming to see me because of TMJ,
I’m still going to massage your neck, back, and shoulders.
Why is that? I mean, your neck has nothing to do with chewing! That’s what you’re sitting there thinking. The short answer to this question is – because it feels good.
The longer answer has to do with the fact that a lot of clients who come in with TMJ pain ALSO experience neck and shoulder pain. Are they connected? I don’t know exactly. For some, it just might be.
Do you know someone in Fort Worth with TMJ? Then do me a solid and share this post with them.
Are you looking for a TMJ massage for YOU? Then shoot me a message with any questions you might have.