TMJ Masseter Self Massage Tutorial

Sat Nov 13, 2021

Common Symptoms of TMJ dysfunction:

  • Clicking, grating or popping in the jaw
  • Pain in and around the jaw
  • Clenching and grinding of teeth while sleeping or awake
  • Difficulty opening mouth
  • Difficulty closing mouth
  • Jaw locking in open/closed position
  • Pain in the teeth
  • Tired or sore jaw after sleep
  • Jaw deviates when opening or closing mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Muscle soreness or spasms around the head/neck
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Frequent ear pain w/o infection
  • Headaches
  • Sinus pain
  • Pressure behind eyes
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle spasms in: neck/ shoulders/ back/ arms


Try this self massage. There is a video below, that you can follow.

  • Open your mouth.
  • Place your thumb all the way back inside of your mouth, outside of your teeth along the side of your cheek.
  • Reach your fingers back behind the jawline(outside the mouth), opposite of the thumb.
  • Clench your jaw to find the muscle.
  • Relax your jaw, once you have identified the muscle.
  • Pinch muscle (masseter) between thumb, inside the mouth, and the finger on the cheek for 10-20 seconds, allowing the discomfort level to drop 2-3 points before moving or applying greater pressure.
  • Apply pressure to 5-7 out of 10, on a 1-10 pain scale(1 = no pain, 10 = excruciating pain).
  • Repeat to treat the entire length of the masseter muscle.

***Remember: this post is for informational purposes only and may not be the best fit for you and your personal situation. It shall not be construed as medical advice. The information and education provided here is not intended or implied to supplement or replace professional medical treatment, advice, and/or diagnosis. Always check with your own physician or medical professional before trying or implementing any information read here.***

Emily Boudwin
I love helping others to find relief from their chronic pain.