Jaw pain also referred to as Tempromadibular joint (TMJ) disorder can be caused by an array of things such as local injury, dental work/ oral surgery, whiplash, arthritis, widespread joint pain from another condition, sinus or ear infections, headaches, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), and stress. Symptoms of TMJ can range from headaches, neck, ear, and shoulder pain to problems or irregular feelings/ sounds when using the jaw. Massage therapy is an excellent and safe way to help with TMJ disorder.
The relaxation response that occurs from a full-body Swedish massage is a great way to reduce symptoms of TMJ. Since stress is such a large contributor to TMJ disorders massage is useful due to the fact it can relax both mind and body releasing tension and stress helping to prevent and manage the flare-ups of TMJ.
Chiropractic, acupuncture, and Physical Therapy are other practices that will help with TMJ disorder. Here at Scott Family Health in both our Loveland and Fort Collins offices we offer these practices as well as the beneficial art of massage therapy to make sure our patients get the best possible care geared to their individual case and symptoms.