TMJ is the unwanted shifting of the jaw to one side, causing mild to severe pain in the neck, head, and jaw. Common factors in TMJ dysfunction that can be helped by massage include headache, migraine, poor posture, whiplash injuries, chronic tension or over use, bruxism, stress, and muscle imbalance caused by occupational habits.
Massage in conjunction with care from your dentist or chiropractor can relieve tension and pain and help normalize jaw function. Your dentist may recommend a splint or night guard to help you stop clenching or grinding your teeth. A chiropractor can adjust your jaw to correct alignment and help it heal. Massage used in conjunction with chiropractic treatment is a very effective treatment since muscle tension can pull bones out of alignment, using both modalities can greatly reduce TMJ discomfort.