A massage technique that improves more than the function of your jaw.
20% of the Australian population experience symptoms of jaw dysfunction involving the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
These symptoms include:
- Constant jaw pain
- Jaw pain when chewing or biting
- Clicking, snapping or crepidus when the jaw moves
- The jaw moves in a zigzag pattern
- In severe cases, the jaw may be stuck open or closed
The temporomandibular joints are part of the stomatognathic system. This system includes the bones of the skull, mandible, maxilla; temporomandibular and dentoalveolar joints; muscles and soft tissues of the head and neck and muscles of the checks, lips, and tongue; vascular, lymphatic, and nerve supply systems; and the teeth.
Impaired function of the muscles and fascia of stomatognathic system can lead to a variety of disorders including:
- Tension headaches
- Tinnitis (ringing in the ears)
- Bruxism (grinding of the molars)
- Temporomandibular joint syndrome
Many of these problems are dysfunctions of the masticatory (eating) muscles.
Massaging these muscles inside the mouth (such as the medial pterygoid, lateral pterygoid, temporalis, masseter and digastric muscles) can be very effective in restoring normal TMJ (jaw) function and restoring harmony to the stomatognathic system.
The treatment is very subtle and gentle, one finger works inside the mouth while a finger on the other hand works outside of the mouth – very little pressure is used.
Disposable gloves are worn for hygiene.