TMJ300Are you looking for the best TMJ Massage in Denver? Look no further than Peace of Mind Massage on Old South Pearl Street in Platt Park near Washington Park, Cherry Creek, Capital Hill, Englewood, Baker, Glendale, and central to all of Denver, Colorado.

If you experience pain while chewing, lock jaw, headaches, limited range of motion in your jaw, sore neck and shoulder muscles, ringing in the ears, and swallowing difficulties you could be suffering from TMJ syndrome. What is the cause of TMJ? It could be an internal issue such as grinding of the teeth(Bruxism)and jaw clenching or tightening. These are habits that commonly cause pain in the jaw and face. Stress is often a factor in jaw grinding and clenching. Many people grind their teeth while asleep. Another cause of TMJ is impact to the jaw, such as falling on the concrete or getting hit in the chin. In these cases it is the pressure on the jaw that causes the TMJ pain. In other instances there may be Arthritis in the joint. TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. Like all other joints, it is prone to undergo deterioration and aging. Some of the key symptoms of TMJ can be mistook for ear aches due to ringing in the ears(Tinnitus) and hearing loss. Pain in the face and jaw often radiate to the neck and shoulders and it can cause spasms in the neck and shoulder muscles. Some people may not link these issues together but they often go hand in hand. TMJ pain can be felt in the joint, behind the ear, around the sinuses, in the skull, face, neck, and shoulders.

TMJ syndrome can be recognized by the clicking and popping sounds it causes your jaw to make when moving it to eat, yawn, swallow, or speak. Clicking and popping could mean the disc is in an abnormal position. If there is no pain and just clicking and popping then treatment may not be necessary. TMJ sufferers who feel pain when opening the mouth may favor one side and open their mouths awkwardly to avoid irritating their bad side. This may cause your teeth to not come together correctly. Avoiding the pain causes lock jaw where you eventually feel you can not open your mouth all the way or properly. This is certainly no way to live! Did you know massage therapy can treat TMJ syndrome safe and effectively? First, the Massage Therapist can help you figure out if TMJ is what is causing your headaches, muscle aches, and jaw pain with a series of movements. Of course consulting a physician is the only way to get a true diagnosis. With massage of the head, face, neck, shoulders, and inner mouth muscles the therapist can relieve trigger points that have formed from the pressure and tension of TMJ. Now, you’re probably asking yourself, muscles in the mouth? Did you know that the body’s strongest muscle is your jaw muscle? It is called the Masseter muscle and it is the main culprit in TMJ pain. The Masseter aids in chewing and it covers the sides of the jaw just behind the cheeks. It is the muscle that makes you clench and grind your teeth. The Masseter muscle is also the single most common place for trigger points. Release of these trigger points can help with TMJ. This muscle becomes very tight and causes headaches, TMJ, Tinnitus, earaches, toothaches, etc. Massage of this muscle is very important in conjunction with massage of the other surrounding TMJ muscles such as the head, face, and neck muscles. Now that you know some important information on the Masseter muscle, how can it be massaged? The Masseter is located at the notch of your cheekbone and about 1 inch from your ear. It’s easy to find and your thumb and finger tip will fit nicely. With the use of gentle pressure tender spots can easily be found. These tender spots are trigger points and when found, the therapist will hold them until the pain dissipates. The therapist will also do circular motions inside the cheek and gums and also stretch the cheek and have the client open and close their mouths slowly. This is all done with powder free latex gloves on and gentle pressure. Client feedback is important too. Even with gentle pressure most likely there will be soreness after an inner mouth massage. Ice on the jaw should help with soreness and once the soreness subsides a noticeable difference should occur in the range of motion in the jaw and pain level should have gone down. If you are looking for experienced and skilled Denver Massage Therapists to help you with TMJ pain, you’ve found the place!