Let’s Talk About TMJ & Migraine Headaches

We are seeing more and more frequently clients come in with TMJ and Migraine Headache issues. Here is a little information and detail from our awesome therapist, Orlando, on who is a candidate for TMJ and Migraine massage and what the benefits are:

1. Explain TMJ and Migraine Massage.

TMJD (transmandibular joint dysfunction) more commonly known as TMJ, are usually the result of inflamed and tense muscles with trigger points around the jaw. Giving the feeling of a tight jaw, neck, face, and back of the head around the occipitals. The causes of TMJ include injury to the teeth or jaw, misalignment of the teeth or jaw, teeth grinding, gum chewing, poor posture, stress, arthritis, migraines. 

Headaches can be a symptom of a migraine. A migraine can be accompanied by nausea, dizziness, increased sensitivity to light, sound, and smells. Massage has proven to be an effective measure for reducing both chronic migraines and tension headaches. Tension headache symptoms are; dull, aching head pain, sensation of tightness or pressure across your forehead or on the sides and back of your head, and tenderness on your scalp, neck and shoulder muscles.

2. How frequently do you suggest clients suffering from TMJ and Migraines seek massage? 

For acute TMJ and tension headaches the symptoms will be reduced significantly if not gone after one session. It is recommended to come back if you begin to have acute symptoms again, which may come from stress, clenching, or teeth grinding.  

For chronic migraines, which are those who have at least 15 headache days a month, with at least 8 days of having headaches with migraine features, for more than 3 months. Every 4-6 weeks is recommended to help in reducing frequency and intensity. 

4. Anything else you would like to add about TMJ and Migraine Massage? 

Something that is more recent that I have been noticing is the tension or fascial trigger points in the back of the ear. It may feel like your wearing glasses when you are not. This is coming from wearing our mask which creates fascial tension around the back of the ear, this leads to creating small tension on the jaw and the back of the skull (occipital) which can make tension headaches and TMJD more frequent. Doing small circles with your finger tips around your ear, on your jaw, and the back of the head can help with that tension created by the mask. 

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