TMJ dysfunction is a chronic condition that can lead to teeth grinding, headaches, earaches, and more. Find out how to treat the symptoms and live a pain-free life.

TMJ Pain and Dysfunction

pterigoid massage to relieve TMJ pain
Jaw muscles that are involved in TMJ pain
massaging the jaw muscle masseter

TMJ pain can be painful and debilitating, irritating and constantly nagging, or just poke you periodically to say hey I’m still here! Either way, it is not pleasant. I completely understand, as I too suffer from TMJ dysfunction and pain. I think this is why I have been so successful at treating it with my clients. I get it, I understand what it feels like and just wish someone would take care of it for me too! Headaches and shoulder pain go hand in hand with jaw pain. If you take a look at the pictures you can see the referred pain into the head and jaw! Please use the self massage technique that is described below! The masseter muscle is the strongest muscle in the body. Think about it, you chew, suck, talk, and breathe. How often do you give your jaw a break?

TMJ intra oral medical massage
3D model of the bones and muscles involved in TMJ pain

Do YOU have any of these symptoms?

  • Pain in and around your jaw
  • Pain in your teeth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Difficulty Hearing
  • Frequent ear pain w/o infection
  • Sinus Pain
  • Headaches
  • Pressure behind the ears
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle spasms in: neck, shoulders, back, and arms
  • Jaw locking
  • Jaw deviating

TMJ Pain Relief!

When I first started my treatment, I had been experiencing constant jaw pain for years.The original accident where my car was squished between two other cars was such a minor impact (only 15 miles per hour) that I couldn’t understand the debilitating pain in my face. Insurance was nice enough to cover dozens of appointments with a chiropractor to work on my new TMJ pain, but eventually I was told there could be no further recovery. I’ve often used massage therapy to add to my sense of “quality of life” and I’ve tried to find someone to assist with the jaw pain. Even my favorite therapists have been unable to provide long-term relief. Years later, I moved to Boise. Emily Boudwin was recommended to me by an older family member who had medical massage after breaking his collar bone. Emily listened to me discuss my various aches and pains and agreed that the jaw pain needed further treatment. One appointment gave me more relief than I had ever felt and it lasted for days! After the second appointment I had an entire week of no pain at all! Within 4 appointments, I believe that I’m 99% better. (Now, I find that only very extreme stress will still inflame my jaw muscles.) Emily has also shared some of her knowledge so I can reduce these effects of stress immediately on my own. Emily is so kind and genuinely interested in my recovery and well-being, her skills surpass those of any standard massage therapist, and are of medical-treatment level. I will continue to see her for my other aches and pains.

Camille Roy
instructions on how to self massage your jaw tension

Author: Emily Boudwin, Licensed Massage Therapist