According to the Mayo Clinic, most of the pain associated with your TMJ (the temporomandibular joint on either side of your head, where your skull and lower jawbone meet) can be treated without surgery.
Massage is one of many techniques that can help address the cause of TMJ disorders. Whether the pain comes from a jaw injury, arthritis, or simply the fatigue from repeatedly grinding or clenching your teeth, regular massage therapy can make a difference.
TMJ Affects Millions
WebMD reports that around 10 million Americans are affected by TMJ disorders, with one researcher estimating that three quarters of the U.S. population will experience it at some point during their lives. According to Dr. Rod Moser, the majority of people seeking diagnosis and treatment for TMJ problems are women of child-bearing age, but it can affect men and women of all ages. In today's stressful society, that's no big surprise.
As far back as 1981, a dentistry study noted that teeth-clenching and grinding lessened when the masseter muscles of the face were massaged. But that's only the beginning.
Massage therapy has proven remarkably effective for stress relief. It results in lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, while increasing oxytocin and serotonin which act as mood relaxers. Giving your body the experience of being truly relaxed makes it easier to recreate that sensation in everyday life.
As if that weren't enough incentive to schedule regular sessions at Massage Envy, massage also has other beneficial effects. It can help improve your posture, promote blood circulation, relieve stiff muscles, lower blood pressure, and even increase your flexibility.