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TMJ Dysfunction Treatment - Burnaby

Understanding TMJ Dysfunction

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction is a condition that affects the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. It can lead to pain, discomfort, and limited movement in the jaw, making it difficult to eat, speak, and even breathe comfortably. While there are various treatment options available, massage therapy has emerged as a promising non-invasive approach to managing TMJ dysfunction.

What is TMJ Dysfunction?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. TMJ dysfunction, also known as TMJ disorder, occurs when there is a problem with the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. This can result in a range of symptoms, including:

  • Jaw pain or tenderness

  • Difficulty or discomfort when chewing

  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint

  • Locking of the jaw joint

  • Headaches or earaches

  • Muscle stiffness or soreness in the jaw, neck, or shoulders

TMJ dysfunction can be caused by a variety of factors, including trauma to the jaw, teeth grinding (bruxism), arthritis, misalignment of the teeth or jaw, stress, or excessive chewing.

How Massage Therapy Can Help

Massage therapy can be an effective treatment option for TMJ dysfunction, as it can help to relax the muscles around the jaw, improve circulation, and reduce pain and inflammation. Here are some ways that massage therapy can benefit individuals with TMJ dysfunction:

  1. Relaxation of Jaw Muscles: Massage techniques such as myofascial release and trigger point therapy can help to relax the muscles around the jaw, reducing tension and improving jaw movement.

  2. Improved Circulation: Massage therapy can help to improve blood flow to the jaw muscles, which can promote healing and reduce inflammation.

  3. Pain Relief: Massage therapy can help to reduce pain and discomfort associated with TMJ dysfunction by releasing endorphins, the body's natural painkillers.

  4. Stress Reduction: Stress is a common trigger for TMJ dysfunction. Massage therapy can help to reduce stress levels, which can in turn reduce the frequency and severity of TMJ symptoms.

  5. Improved Range of Motion: Regular massage therapy can help to improve jaw mobility and reduce stiffness, making it easier to eat, speak, and move the jaw comfortably.

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What to Expect During this Treatment

During a massage therapy session for TMJ dysfunction, a registered massage therapist will assess your jaw movement and identify areas of tension or restriction. They will then use a variety of techniques to help relax the muscles around the jaw and improve circulation. TMJ massage can be external or performed intra-orally with glove. Depending on your individual needs, your therapist may also recommend exercises or stretches to help improve jaw mobility and reduce pain.


Q: How long is a typical TMJ massage session?
A: A standard massage session lasts for 60 minutes. The therapist will work on compensatory muscles around the neck and shoulders as well as the face and jaw. Intraoral work itself can be quite short, depending on the comfort level of the patient. 


Q: Do I need a dentist referral to receive at TMJ treatment?
A: No, you don't! Book with Andy Ma, RMT, Hailey Rho, RMT, Kennedy Ritchie, RMT, Leslie Wong, RMT, Madhu Maharaj, RMT, Naomi Kajiwara, RMT, Serene Phan, RMT, or Suzie Morrison, RMT as they are the RMTs experienced in treating TMJ dysfunction.


Q: Can I combine TMJ massage with other treatments at New Heights Massage Therapy Clinic?
A: Absolutely! Many clients find that combining therapies enhances their overall experience and results

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