Massage for TMD pain gives you one at-home approach
If you suffer from TMD pain, which stems from a temporomandibular joint condition in your jaw, you’re likely looking to find any way you can to alleviate the pain. Thankfully, massage for TMD pain can decrease its severity.
You can perform these techniques yourself, which makes them a useful pain-relief tool, but be sure to discuss your TMD with a dentist first.
How massages help TMD pain
Problems with your jaw joint and muscles can result in TMD pain, which can include tightness and soreness. Massages help manage that pain by carefully working those muscles and joints to reduce pressure and tension. Massage will help the muscles relax and can decrease or even eliminate TMD pain; however, the results may be temporary.
Three types of massage to try
Multiple jaw massages may help ease your TMD jaw pain. Colgate, the toothpaste and oral health expert, suggest these three:
- Kneading Massage – Press your fingers to the joints and sore muscles and move in a circular motion. Focus on the area below your molars and cheekbone.
- Friction Massage – A little pressure applied to the right spot may be all you need to relieve your TMD pain. Press on the mandible muscle, right along your jaw line. Use light, but firm, pressure to relieve muscle strain.
- Stretching Massage – Stretch your jaw by pressing your thumbs parallel to your jaw line and dragging them along the jaw to stretch the muscles and relax some of your TMD pain.
If you are interested in learning more about treatment for TMD pain, please don’t hesitate to contact us at our Centennial dental office.