Do you suffer with TMD in your TMJ?
If you do, I don't have to explain what the abbreviations stand for. You will know!
But for those who have not been plagued by this condition, TMD stands for temporomandibular disorder , the pain and discomfort in your jaw and lateral face muscles.
And TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint which connects your jaw to your skull.
Read here for some jaw-dropping facts about TMD and how massage therapy can help.
it may TMD or temporomandibular disorder refers to pain and discomfort in your jaw and lateral face muscles.
TMJ or temporomandibular joint is the hinge that joins your jaw to your skull at the temporal bones in front of each ear.
The muscles controlling the joints are attached to the mandible and allow the jaw to move in three directions: up and down, side to side, and forward and back. This makes it possible for us to talk, chew and yawn.
TMD can be relatively painless or cause severe pain and discomfort and may affect only one or both sides of the face.
You may experience:
The causes of TMD
There are many reasons why people develop TMD. Sometimes it is easy to identify the cause but often it is the result of a combination factors making it more difficult to pinpoint. TMD could be caused by:
How to treat TMD
In some cases it comes and goes all by itself. Other times self-care and nonsurgical treatments like massage will suffice. However, longstanding and severe cases of TMD may be treated with Botox and as a last resort, surgery.
As TMD may be both caused by and the result in the tightening of facial muscles, massage is an obvious choice as a non-invasive treatment.
Massage the masseter muscle
Self-care for TMD
The U.S. based TMJ Association (TMJA) suggests the following self-care treatments.
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