Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) is a syndrome of multiple pathologies affecting the masticatory muscles, the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) and related structures. It is estimated that TMD affects more than 25% of the general population.
Symptoms: jaw pain, joint sounds, impaired jaw movement, muscle and joint tenderness, headaches, ear-related symptoms, cervical spine disorders, depression, poor sleep quality, and low energy
Cause: TMD is most often viewed as the result of repetitive motion of the masticatory structures; however, it is also correlated with increased stress, jaw trauma, and clenching or grinding of the teeth.
Registered Massage Therapists may help:
- Reduce joint pain and tenderness
- Decrease stress and depression
- Increase oral opening and movement through exercises
- Promote relaxation and better sleep
- Reduce headaches