TMJ Pain and Dysfunction?

Do YOU have these symptoms?

  • Pain in and around your jaw
  • Pain in your teeth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Difficulty Hearing
  • Frequent ear pain w/o infection
  • Sinus Pain
  • Headaches
  • Pressure behind the ears
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle spasms in: neck, shoulders, back, and arms
  • Jaw locking
  • Jaw deviating

TMJ pain can be painful and debilitating, irritating and constantly nagging, or just poke you periodically to say hey I’m still here!  Either way, it is not pleasant.  I completely understand, as I too suffer from TMJ dysfunction and pain.  I think this is why I have been so successful at treating it with my clients.  I get it, I understand what it feels like and just wish someone would take care of it for me too!  Headaches and shoulder pain go hand in hand with jaw pain.  If you take a look at the pictures you can see the referred pain into the head and jaw!  Please use the self massage technique that is described below!  The masseter muscle is the strongest muscle in the body.  Think about it, you chew, suck, talk, and breathe.  How often do you give your jaw a break?

TMJ pain and dysfunction initial 90-minute Medical Massage Appointment:

  • A detailed history of your TMJ issues, headaches, migraines, neck and shoulder pain and discomfort
  • Massage and palpation of the affected areas will be performed to assess the problem areas
  • Gloves will be worn to work on and assess the muscles inside of the mouth and jaw.  This is inta-oral TMJ massage
  • A treatment plan will be offered
  • Learn how to self-massage your jaw at home
  • We will have a discussion of your lifestyle and how it is affecting your TMJ dysfunction and pain
  • Learn what you can do for your TMJ pain

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TMJ Pain Relief in Boise, Idaho

When I first started my treatment, I had been experiencing constant jaw pain for years.The original accident where my car was squished between two other cars was such a minor impact (only 15 miles per hour) that I couldn’t understand the debilitating pain in my face. Insurance was nice enough to cover dozens of appointments with a chiropractor to work on my new TMJ pain, but eventually I was told there could be no further recovery. I’ve often used massage therapy to add to my sense of “quality of life” and I’ve tried to find someone to assist with the jaw pain. Even my favorite therapists have been unable to provide long-term relief.
Years later, I moved to Boise. Emily Boudwin was recommended to me by an older family member who had medical massage after breaking his collar bone.  Emily listened to me discuss my various aches and pains and agreed that the jaw pain needed further treatment. One appointment gave me more relief than I had ever felt and it lasted for days! After the second appointment I had an entire week of no pain at all! Within 4 appointments, I believe that I’m 99% better. (Now, I find that only very extreme stress will still inflame my jaw muscles.) Emily has also shared some of her knowledge so I can reduce these effects of stress immediately on my own.
Emily is so kind and genuinely interested in my recovery and well-being, her skills surpass those of any standard massage therapist, and are of medical-treatment level. I will continue to see her for my other aches and pains.
Camille Roy, Boise, Idaho


As someone who has been a client of Restorative Health and Wellness for more than a year, I highly recommend Emily and all of the incredible services she offers. I first contacted Emily when I was having a TMJ flare up. Within the first 10 minutes of my massage, I knew I would never go to another masseuse again. I have suffered from chronic jaw, neck, shoulder, and back pain for years. During my time in the treasure valley, I’ve been to more than 20 massage therapists, and none of them have come close to helping me the way Emily has. In just over a year, she’s not only consistently provided healing massage, but she has also given me countless tips for ways I can improve my pain in my daily life. Between the informative literature she lends out and the personal knowledge she shares, I have been able to successfully manage my pain and improve my health in ways I didn’t even know were possible! I am so grateful to have found her.
Kathryn Drake, Boise, Idaho

I’ve been suffering with TMJ for almost two years.  Sometimes it was painful to chew, I was unable to open my mouth all the way, and daily headaches were becoming the norm.  When I could open my mouth, my jaw would make popping noises. My dentist told me he could make a mouth guard for $800 that I could wear at night.  I purchased over the counter mouth guards with hopes of helping me to stop clenching my jaw while I slept, but it did not help.  My chiropractor said he was not able to help and referred me to a Dentist who was a “TMJ specialist”, which was not covered by insurance and looked to be time consuming and expensive endeavor.  I remembered that a friend of mine told me she knew a Massage Therapist who was able to help with TMJ.  Two weeks ago I contacted Emily Boudwin and scheduled an appointment.  After just two sessions I have dramatic improvement.  My mouth can open wide now and the popping is much less.  I’ve not had a headache since I’ve seen her and she taught me massage techniques that I can do myself, in between sessions, that help my jaw relax!  I’m very grateful for her knowledge and expertise with TMJ!
C.D., Boise Idaho

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