Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a type of temporomandibular disorder or TMD
that can cause pain in the muscles that control jaw movement. Various factors can be
blamed for the pain in jaw joint and muscles including jaw injury, arthritis and even genetics
although the specific cause of TMJ dysfunction in an individual is oftentimes difficult to
There are some known signs if a person is living with the disorder. Some suffering with jaw
pain is likely to clench or grind their teeth. On a different note, there are many people who clench or grind their teeth on purpose or habitually but never develop TMJ dysfunctions.
Aside from tenderness and pain in the jaw, people with TMJ disorder suffer from pain in one
or both of the temporomandibular joints and pain in and around the ear and the face.
Chewing can be difficult and painful. The joint tends to be locked so it gets difficult for some
people to close their mouths.
The discomfort and pain linked with TMJ dysfunction can be relieved with nonsurgical
procedures and self-managed care. Some opt for surgery, but it is oftentimes seen as a
resort after conservative measures have failed.
How intra-oral massage can help?
Seeking medical help about persistent pain or tenderness is recommended. A doctor, dentist
or a TMJ specialist are the best people to speak with for possible causes and treatments of
the disorder. Since the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders is oftentimes
temporary, a unique kind of massage therapy can also be beneficial.
One of the most known treatments of TMJ disorder is intra-oral massage. It is a safe and
effective manual technique that works on muscles inside and outside the mouth, throat and
neck. The technique is being offered in Lacey, Olympia Washington and other parts of the
Intra-oral massage is reported to be an efficient treatment not only for people dealing with
TMJ dysfunction but also for those with chronic sinus problems, head injuries, whiplash,
strains from dental surgery after effects, chronic ear congestion and tinnitus. It is a go-to
treatment for migraines, headaches, chronic face, neck pain and even emotional trauma.
The technique can be quite intense but it is not painful. Having the inside of the mouth
massaged is probably not something that has crossed several people’s minds but it is
possible. It is very sanitary since gloves are worn while working inside the mouth. The
muscles and fascia involved with jaw clenching and chewing are released.
A number of patients who have been diagnosed with TMD or are suffering with pain in the
jaw, ears, forehead, back of the head, neck and shoulders have seen the benefits of intra-
oral massage and other manual therapy. A therapist usually assesses the TMJ case first to
help determine the cause of dysfunction and also provides home care instructions, stretches, exercises and hydrotherapy after the treatment. Anyone who is considering intra-oral
massage must book an appointment with a registered massage therapist to ensure safe and