Massage techniques for tmj

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i have had very mild tmj for years but never worred me as it was occasional.........anyway about three months ago it started getting worse and now im chronic neck and shoulder, arm pain. sore jaw, sore teeth but no cavities, tingly face, headaches, sore ears etc im 100% sure my right disc is mispalced as i get popping sounds and it jsut feels not right.......i cant sleep cause it hurts so much................does anyone have it as bad as me!!!! anyway my dentist is making me a night splint...
Whilst this is protecting my teeth I am still clenching my teeth and so still tensing my muscles. I have been dealing with this with mainly relaxation techniques and massage therapy, however over the last 6-8 months I have had gradually increasing muscle weakness, which started in my joints- was really bad, It pained my knee joints to walk even a single step. It has spread to pain and weakness in my wrists, ankle, elbow etc.
or make them feel extra sensitive? I know there isnt much they can do for TMJ, so I don't wanna waste the money... the only thing they will do is prob. give me a splint to put in my mouth or something.... Also, I'm thinking about going back on Lexapro again... b/c I normally wouldnt something like this bother me as much as it is... most people would say "I have TMJ, oh well... I'm gonna get on with my life and deal with it." Someone like me over analyzes EVERYTHING...
Like I mentioned before I have had TMJ problems for a long time now, could that be causing the tinnitus or maybe blood flow with eustachian tubes? What further testing should be done? I am considering going to the MayoClinic in Jacksonville now rather then even mess around with going to all new doctors around my area. Tests already performed : Spinal/TMJ X-rays, many blood tests, Brain MRI, Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar MRI, Doppler Carotid Ultrasound, EMG, ENG.
I bought a book with some exercises for TMJ and have been doing them and up until this week I really was better. I have just reached my limit this week and don't know how much more I can stand. My husband and 13 year old daughter came home last night to find me sitting on the sofa crying like someone had died and my 7 year old and 9 year old sons were in their bedroom watching cartoons with food and drink in there. We NEVER allow food and drink outside of the kitchen due to new carpet.
4 years ago I woke up with a headache that got became a constant migraine for about 5 days. The pain has never gone away, although it is not as severe all of the time. Now I have a constant headache. It feels tight, like something squeezing my whole head. Sometimes it gets worse. I have seen a neurologist, chiropractor, physical therapist, and other general doctors. I have had a cat scan, mri, mra, x-rays, bloodwork, spinal tap, have tried almost every type of medication you can think of.
Eat a nutritious diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Relaxation techniques may help you a lot. Please consult a physician for the management of the symptoms. Hope this helps you. Take care and regards!
If you ask me, it really seems like it is somehow TMJ connected for a bunch of folks. Mine did not start until my TMJ began. It feels like my jaw is somehow connected to my eye with all the problems. Only difference with me is that I only have one spot and it is still there after 15 months....It's on fire obvious when my jaw hurts, and when I am having a really good few days it starts to fade. It's just that I've never had enough good days to see if it will go away completely.
Pain in jaw and neck that aggravates on chewing can be due to TMJ. To get relief, you have to press on muscles of your face to look for sore points. To get some relief you can try massaging the sore muscles. Then massage these points with short strokes. To massage the masseter muscles on each side of your jaw, place your thumb inside your mouth and squeeze the thick muscle in your cheek with your fingers.
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For the past year or so anytime I wear something that puts pressure on the back of my neck it causes me to feel nauseas & something weak, dizzy & headaches. I have to refrain from wearing necklaces, shirts with collars & even a lot of jackets/coats/hoodies that would rest on the back of my neck. I have went to have it checked out & was diagnosed with TMJ.
I have a really good massage therapist who is also going to school for PT, she does TMJ massage for me and it is so helpful to my headaches. Finding a way to learn to relax those muscles will be key for you - I also do yoga which has helped so much. I have found a lot of helpful pressure points, cold water techniques from searching on youtube under "Migraine relief" there are endless chriros and PTs that offer solutions. Best of luck.
I went to the oral surgeon who said the X-ray of the tooth looked good and he didn't think I needed one but that I had lots of clicking and popping in my jaw and it was probably TMJ. I have been on anti-inflammatories for 6 weeks now and the pain seems to get a little better but I have times when the pain in my ear reminds me of some of the worst earaches I had as a child. The pain is all along the nerve that was injected to numb my tooth.
like everything else there are many different modalities of treatment for TMJ and not all work the same. In my experience, the Nueromuscular approach has had the most reliable and highest rate of success when treating these issues. I should also tell you rarely these traetments are a single approach methodology.. Meaning you will perhaps need a good chiropractor or physical therapist.. Hope this helps.
It could be TMJ. TMJ can affect the neck and shoulder region and not the actual jaw area where it states it does. Read up on TMJ and see if that sounds like you.
I was taking clonazepam for anxiety and shallow breathing problems that I've been having on and off and stopped taking that due to the chiropractor's orders. I seemed to have withdrawals from it for a while and my TMJ got really bad. It has since eased off but is still there. The TMJ seems to get bad when I use my jaw, such as singing or even sometimes eating certain things. My arms hurt when I use them including using the computer or playing guitar which is how I make a living.
On your thyroid, sometimes it can swell up and get worse, even tho your readings were normal last time, so visit your endocrinologist about that possibility. As for the TMJ, it is possible it has really gone out of the socket and is jerking your jaw and neck muscles and nerves rather significantly, which a dentist or an ear nose throat ENT doc can look into at how that's doing.
Thank you all for your replies. I think I am over due for a good massage, that is for sure! I think I am going to just try and cope until I see the neurologist in March, see if he has any opinions.
I've been through 2 TMD/myofacial pain specialists, a TMD multidisciplinary clinic, 3 physiotherapists, a chronic pain specialist, an acupuncturist, a massage therapist, craniosacral therapy, a psychologist, and even internal mouth massage therapy--- yet NO RELIEF.
I would also suggest going for some MAJOR massage therapy. This I think is the MOST HELPFUL thing most of us can do for ourselves on a regular basis. It does so much for the body I wouldn't know where to start. It may be painful because of the sensitivity in the areas that have pain, but likely its muscular and needs to be treated, get the knots out, get thingsin their proper working structure and it helps me a LOT, its the only thing that does. Please go for this!!!
I don't have any clicking when I eat or open my mouth. And I have heard of those massage techniques for the inside of your mouth. I should try them. The Xanax is such a small dose. It doesn't even make me sleepy. I haven't upped the dose either. But maybe I should since I feel like I did have a clenching episode last night. Maybe the clenching makes me move my leg and then it spasms and cramps up. Maybe it's all connected...
I've gone to a massage therapist for many years. Before my Lupus treatment I suffered terribly with TMJ, migraines and tension headaches as well as neck and shoulder pain. My Lupus treatment is helping with these areas and I continue to go for massages ever week or so and am now trying to stretch out my appointments. My pain is very much in my muscles and fascial tissue. Ensure you get a certified therapist with experience in myofascial massage.
Ask whether you indeed have trigger points, and get help treating them. Look for a massage therapist who specializes in trigger point treatment. Most everybody has some trigger points, so even if this isn't the cause of your problem, it's good to ask the questions. And yes, you sound like you have TMJ. I got great help from the Tufts Craniofacial Pain Center (www.orofacialpain.com) but if you are not in New England, you have to do some serious work to find someone who will really help you.
I have learned enough about trigger points that I do some simple massage techniques on my wife and myself, especially in the neck and shoulder area. They do help. I'll give you some examples of things trigger points can do: Trigger points in the calf have actually caused jaw pain in a few people studied. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome can actually originate in the Scalenes in the neck. Dizziness can be caused by TrP's in the trapezius muscle.
I wrote earlier that some of my symptoms had started returning and, by applying the excercises and relaxation techniques for just a few days, the symptoms have gone away again. I hope that you have found the cause for your symptoms and that treatment is working as well for you!!
I really think you should explore TMJ and have a mouth guard made for you. Tell your chiropractor about TMJ and have him work on your jaw. I have the same thing and I'm sure it is linked to my jaw. The jaw is so complex it can mimic an ear infection, sinus infection, etc. Good luck!
To date I have tried gluten free diet, been tested for celiacs, tmj doctor with a mouth splint, chiropractic care, seen multiple neurologists, neurosurgeons, countless labs and bloodwork, tested for lymes, and so on. The herniated disc in my neck at c3 at c6 are getting worse but the neurosurgeon doesnt recommend surgery or does he feel its causing my constant daily head pressure. He says the location of the herniation would cause left arm tingling but not headaches or pressure in my head.
Hi, do many people with tmj have localized headaches on one side? Do they also have ear pain and pain behind the eye? I find these symptoms weird for tmj. It worries me. I just want to make sure it is nothing serious. do you think it is? Also I always have a stiff neck. Thank you!
every symptom i had related to TMJ so went to my doctor and asked if i could have it. He took one look in my mouth and said, quite possibly. So have been getting treatment for TMJ for the last 8 months and am feeling good. TMJ is very misleading can mimic alot of things. Does your jaw pop or crack when opening. If so get down to your dentist for further investigation. Hope this helps.
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