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Jaw Massage Technique
How to Give a TMJ Massage? As a result of a tremendous exposure to stress, the development of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders has reached pandemic proportions. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a strong joint that is located in front of both ears where the skull and lower jaw articulates. It contains fibrocartilage meniscus that helps in easing up the motion of the joint, and some strong group of muscles that are responsible for its stability and overall movement--they are the temporalis, masseter, the lateral and the medial pterygoid, collectively known as the muscles of mastication. The temporomandibular joint is among the most frequently used joint of the body; it plays a very important role in moving the mouth when we eat or chew, speak or execute facial expressions. Bruxism is considered as one of the main causes of pain in the TMJ. It refers to hours of unconscious grinding of the teeth brought about by excessive contraction of the muscles of mastication. This is usually seen when the person is asleep and is an indication of stress. Prolonged teeth gritting will result to pain and reduced range of motion of the joint, along with severe headaches and painful clicks or pops as the joint is moved. To restore range of motion and relieve pain discomforts, TMJ massage is the best method there is.