What is TMJ? Learn about TMJ and How Massage Can Help You!
TMJ dysfunction: pain in and around your jaw with movement of the joint.
Your Muscles of Mastication, ie. chewing
Muscles that close your jaw: masseter, temporalis and medial pterigoid. Muscles that open your jaw: lateral pterigoid.
Can these TMJ muscles be massaged? Yes. I show you a gentle TMJ massage in the video below. The Pterigoid muscles are harder to get to, as they mostly require going inside the mouth through intra-oral massage. All of these muscles should be massaged when treating TMJ issues.
Trigger Points Refer Pain: Masseter TMJ Muscle
The masseter jaw muscle is the strongest muscle in the body!
- Upper and lower back teeth
- Adjacent gums
- Front of face
- Under eye
- Pain may feel like sinusitis
- Deep ear pain
- Ringing in the ear
- Roaring sound in the ear
- Itching in the ear