Massage Therapy for TMJ as Discussed by a Chiropractor in Tallahassee, FL

posted by Dr. Eric Pragle

Has your jaw been popping or making clicking sounds? TMJ is very common and affects an estimated fourteen to eighteen percent of Americans. This is known as Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ), a subconscious pattern that can be corrected with proper treatment. Teeth grinding, clinching, popping, persistent jaw tension, & headaches make it that much more difficult to sleep through the night. In addition, you feel mentally and physically drained during the day. In fact, the TMJ/Jaw is the strongest muscle of the body. When your jaw remains tense it sends that tension throughout the entire body. Long term TMJ tension can contribute to migraines, headaches, sleep disorders, neck pain and other conditions.

Some Causes of TMJ

The exact cause of TMJ is often unclear, however it commonly develops after a head, jaw, or neck injury, such as a car accident, whiplash injury or sports injury.  TMJ appears to be directly linked to migraines, headaches, & neck pain. 

Chronic TMJ can be triggered by a number of things, including: 

  • history of car accident/whiplash/head or neck trauma
  • sleeping problem-stomach sleeping
  • muscle tension from stress
  • neck pain
  • direct blow to the jaw

Purpose of Massage Therapy:

  • Increase blood flow to stimulate healing
  • Improve range of motion for the TMJ joint
  • Release trigger points or adhesions
  • Flush toxins from muscle knots
  • Circulate lymph to trigger the body's healing
  • Stretch muscles to improve flexibility in the jaw muscles
  • Teach client optimal self massage techniques
  • Relaxation for better sleep

At Pragle Chiropractic we offer massage therapy as well as gentle chiropractic treatments to not only relieve TMJ but prevent it from happening in the future.  Please visit www.praglechiro.com or call 850 508 5951 to learn more or book an appointment.