TMJ Dysfunction and Therapeutic Bodywork

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What is “TMJ”?

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called “TMJ,” are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. We don’t know for certain how many people have TMJ dysfunction, but some estimates suggest that over 10 million Americans are affected. The condition appears to be more common in women than men.

For most people, pain in the area of the jaw joint or muscles does not signal a serious problem. Generally, discomfort from these conditions is occasional and temporary, often occurring in cycles. The pain eventually goes away with little or no treatment. Some people, however, develop significant, long-term symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Radiating pain in the face, jaw, neck, or ear
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Jaw muscle stiffness
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw
  • Painful clicking, popping or grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth
  • A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together

Common Causes

  • Radiating pain in the face, jaw, neck, or ear
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Jaw muscle stiffness
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw
  • Painful clicking, popping or grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth
  • A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together

Kala Drake, Massage TherapistKala Smith, Massage Therapist has practiced massage for over 8 years. Having experienced TMJ in her own life, Kala has taken a special interest in acquiring new techniques to aid her clients in recovering from the pain and discomfort caused by this syndrome.