I became interested in temporomandibular joint pain, TMJ or TMJD, while working at Oregon Health & Science University, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. I quickly realized what a chronic, painful and difficult condition it often is. Once I discovered how effective massage can be at reducing TMJ pain and increasing range of motion in your jaw while chewing or talking I decided to get specialized training.
TMJ tension headaches respond well to massage. Often muscles in the neck, head, jaw and/or shoulders get tight and form trigger points that refer pain to the head and/or face. I seek out this tension and gently release the fascia and soften the trigger points to promote fewer and less intense headaches. A consistent massage regimen is often very effective when seeking relief from jaw pain and tension headaches.