Self Massage for TMJ Pain

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Hey guys! I’m so pleased to share this video with you today. I have suffered with jaw pain for most of my life. I don’t know at what age I started clenching and grinding at night, but I know it’s been going on for close to 20 years. It wasn’t until I around age 14 that I really started to have problems.

Self Massage for TMJ Pain | EJL Blog

Moving to a new high school was so stressful that my grinding was causing migraines as well as jaw and tooth pain. Fast forward a few years and I started wearing a night guard while sleeping every night. I still sleep with a night guard every single night, but that doesn’t do as much for my jaw as I’d like. Mostly the night guard protects my teeth, which is a good enough reason to wear it in my book!

Now that I’m able to deal with stress better I don’t grind as much, but when I do I treat the pain with self massage instead of pharmaceuticals.

As I mention in the video, I’ve had at least a dozen different massage therapists work on my jaw as well as a chiropractor. The work over the years has been mildly to moderately successful, but a few months ago I saw a new therapist who used a technique on my jaw called skin rolling.

Skin rolling is a myofascial release technique that works with superficial fascia that lays over and encases muscles. In this case, we’re working directly with the fascia covering the masseter muscle, which is our main chewing and talking muscle in the jaw. I’ll include a little bit more anatomy info below for those of you who are interested, but for now I’ll let you get to the video!

 

TMJ

Self Massage for TMJ | EJL BlogTMJ stands for temporomandibular joint and the term “TMJ” is also sometimes used when speaking about dysfunction of the joint caused by nighttime grinding, clenching, too much gum chewing, or an accident/trauma to the face, head, neck, or jaw. Nighttime grinding can also be caused by stress, misalignment of the teeth, and some believe even parasites can cause nighttime grinding.

As most of you know I’ve done several parasite cleanses and I was excited to see if the cleansing would stop my nighttime clenching and it has not. I’ve done at least 4 parasite cleanses and I do not believe that my grinding is due to parasites.

As you can see in the image, the masseter muscle is located just below/forward of the TMJ joint itself and this muscle is frequently very tight for TMJ sufferers. In the video I guide you through a few self massage techniques that work with the masseter muscle.

After Massage Care

If you have already watched the video, you’ll see that even I am experiencing some discomfort. This is normal and I have body work done regularly. The tighter the fascia, the more uncomfortable skin rolling will be. I am able to deal with the discomfort/pain because I know how much relief I will get from the massage.

highly recommend using ice for 5-10 minutes on each side once you have finished the massage. Not only will this help ease any pain/discomfort you are experiencing, but it will reduce inflammation and hopefully prevent/reduce tenderness the next day. I don’t always have time to ice after doing this technique (or I’m in the car and don’t have any ice!) and I do have some localized tenderness the day following this routine. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about. There should not be any visible bruising, however. If you do have visible bruising, please stop and talk to your doctor as this may be a sign of something else going on in your body.


I’d love to know what you think of the video! If you tried it, did it work for you? Do you suffer from TMJ and have a technique you’d like to share that gives you relief? Please leave a comment below!

Many Blessings Friends♥

2 thoughts on “Self Massage for TMJ Pain

  1. Erin, I have been following your posts off and on over these past months and I found this one to be the best for me so far. I have some TMJ issues, have tried the self massage, and it appears to bring relief for the short time I have been doing it. I will continue doing the massage and see how it goes. Thanks. Ken

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