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Remedial Massage for Jaw Pain

The  jaw is rely on a lot throughout the day, from talking, gum chewing, and eating, the joints and muscles in our jaws take a beating. Did you know that getting your jaw massaged has many health benefits and is a great alternative to jaw surgery?.

A remedial massage on the jaw is focused mainly on the muscles located around the jaw area. Muscles that can be found around the jaw area include the masseter and the temporalis. A jaw massage is effectively used to help treat pain, scarring and muscle tightness and many more symptoms as listed below.

Benefits of a remedial massage on your jaw

A jaw massage has wide ranging benefits. Benefits of a jaw massage include:

  • Release Tight Muscles
  • Release Trigger Points in the jaw muscles
  • Release Stress of the Jaw
  • Release Jaw Tissue Scare
  • May help to cease ringing in ears and dizziness
  • Treat TMJ (Temporals Mandible Joint) Pain
  • Cure Bruxism(jaw clenching and grinding)
  • Decrease Jaw Pain
  • Release Jaw Tension

A jaw massage will relieve tight muscles by increasing tissue and fascia elasticity.

Injury can result in muscles becoming restricted and tissue elasticity to decrease. During a jaw massage, blood circulation is improved. Improving blood circulation increases the temperature of muscular tissues. As temperature increases, inelasticity of muscular tissue decreases. Decreasing tissue elasticity allows muscle to stretch, increasing their range of movement. Increasing the range of movement of muscles decreases muscle tightness.

Fascia is a thin layer of connective tissues located beneath the skin. Fascia can be fibrous and easily restrictive. The different techniques and strokes used within a jaw massage help to stretch and loosen fascia as its temperature continues to increase. Loosening fascia helps to further decrease restriction and increase muscle range of movement. Decreased restriction and increased range of movement further decrease muscle tightness.

A range of techniques are used during a jaw massage. Techniques used during a jaw massage include:

  • Myofascial release
  • Frictions
  • Trigger Points

Frictions are an effective technique used during a jaw massage. The friction technique will increase the blood flow and helps to provide the muscles with essential nutrients and oxygen.

Trigger pointing can be used during a jaw massage, and can be found in the centre of a muscle fibre that can cause pain. During a jaw massage, pressure is placed upon trigger points to help break down knots and reduce muscle tightness. An increase in pressure can restrict blood flow to this area. When pressure is reduced, an increase in blood flow is encouraged around the area. An increase in blood flow provides the muscles with healthy nutrients that help to repair damage and keep muscles strong.

Jaw massage help stress?

Jaw pain can result in a person being unable to relax and eventually become stressed. A jaw massage increases elasticity of muscular tissues to allow them to stretch and increase in flexibility. Elasticity is increased as the tissue temperature rises due to improved blood circulation, and allows muscles to relax, reducing muscular tension and tightness.

Jaw massage will help release jaw scare tissue

A jaw massage can help reduce scare tissue and decrease their appearance. When skin is broken due to injury or surgery, a scar forms to replace the damaged skin. Scar tissue is formed to bring damaged fibres back together. 

As circulation increases, the temperature of scar tissue and collagen fibres rises. Increasing the temperature of scar tissue and collagen fibres helps them loosen and become less restrictive. Reducing restriction caused by scar tissue can help reduce pain, tightness and tension.

Fibres are able to realign as they are broken down to reduce their hardness. Realigning fibres helps to align fibres in the same direction as the body’s natural skin fibres. Realigning fibres helps to reduce the appearance of scarring.

Remedial massage can help decrease pain in the jaw

A jaw remedial massage aims to decrease pain by disturbing the signal sent from the receptors to the brain. Common causes of pain around the jaw area include injury, surgery and tight muscles. Pain occurs as receptors in the body sense something is wrong in the body so it sends a signal to the brain. The brain then sends a message to the nerves that then create a feeling of pain.

During a jaw remedial massage, friction created between the skin and fingers create a new feeling for the receptors to detect, interfering with the original sense that something is wrong. Once the new feeling has been detected, a different signal is sent to the brain. Due to a new signal being sent to the brain, the message sent to the nerves is different. A new message sent to nerves means they do not create a feeling of pain and instead will help to reduce pain.

Increase relaxation in the jaw through Remedial Massage

A common benefit gained through a jaw remedial massage is increased relaxation, and it also increases positive hormones around the body and decreasing muscle tightness. A jaw remedial massage helps to relax a person both physically and mentally.

During a jaw massage the level of positive hormones within the body is increased. Positive hormones include endorphins, dopamine and serotonin. Positive hormones encourage relaxation and give a person a sense of well-being. Increasing positive hormones allows a person to mentally relax.

Improve jaw circulation during Remedial Massage

Improved circulation is a common benefit gained through a jaw remedial massage. Poor circulation can cause undernutrition of the muscles which overtime makes them weaken and damage more easily.

Having a jaw remedial massage improves blood circulation by encouraging an increase in vasodilation and capillarisation.

Remedial Massage to the Jaw Remedial Massage relieve Headaches

This may be an obvious benefit of jaw remedial massage, but there seems to be a pretty strong connection to jaw clenching and headaches. Many people turn to rubbing their temporalis muscle and neglect the masseter muscle even though it is the strongest of your jaw muscles. To relieve headaches caused by jaw clenching, both muscles need to be massaged effectively above and below the check bone.

Toothaches, Earaches, and Eye Twitch can simply be treated with a jaw remedial massage.

A masseter trigger point can radiate pain directly into a tooth. The next time you have a throbbing toothache, try getting a jaw massage before you head into the dentist for emergency surgery for relief. Treatment of trigger points in overstressed or overused jaw muscles can be the remedy for earache and stuffy ears when the ears otherwise appear to be normal. Eyelid twitching and bags under the eyes can also be traced to trigger points in jaw muscles.

Jaw remedial massage can help to Cease ringing in ears and dizziness.

These are serious problems that are not always caused by jaw muscles, but sometimes the link between these issues and the masseter muscle are overlooked. If you have tried every other treatment for ringing in your ears and dizziness, give jaw massage therapy a try, as the jaw muscles may be a cause that hasn’t been considered.

Relieve tension pain of TMJ (Temporomandibular joint syndrome)

This is a serious condition in which the joints and muscles in the jaw slowly and painfully fail to function properly. Remedial Massage in conjunction with care from your dentist can relieve tension and pain and help normalize jaw function. Since muscle tension can pull bones out of alignment, the client has a better chance of retaining a jaw adjustment when they receive remedial massage in conjunction with other treatments.

Remember, Your Jaw Connects To You Neck And Shoulders Too

If you have TMJ Syndrome, you most likely have tightness or discomfort in your neck and shoulders as well. There are some muscles under the back of your skull that often need rubbing and will feel wonderful when they are released.

Jaw massage to Cure Bruxism (jaw clenching and grinding)

Bruxism is a pathological clenching or grinding of the jaw that usually occurs while you are asleep and is typically stress induced. You can imagine the types of problems this causes after prolonged hours of tight jaw muscles. Bruxism can lead to cracked molars and painful clicking jaw. Remedial Massage therapy for your jaw can help you relax these muscles and break your bad jaw clenching habits.

During your visit your condition will be assessed and steps taken to assist with your rehabilitation. After the session FREE muscle stretching sheets can be provided to assist with healing your injury. It is recommended that you continue these exercises at home to speed up the healing process. To book in for a session, please call Jade Tran on 0425 444 304. I hope you found the article helpful in further understanding your symptoms. Any opinions expressed within my articles/blog are from my personal perspective, not that of my Professional Associations / Educational Institutions
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