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TMJ Treatment

TMJ disorder is a condition that affects the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull, causing headaches and discomfort in the jaw and face.


Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a condition that affects the jaw and can cause pain and discomfort. It is a common condition that can be treated with the right care and management.

Buccal massage, which can help alleviate the cause of TMJ disorder, can have the positive side-effect of providing a ‘natural face lift’ due to improved circulation, skin texture, and muscle tone.

Symptoms of TMJ disorder


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There are certain contraindications or conditions that may prevent the use of certain treatments for TMJ disorder. Some contraindications may include:

  • Active infection or inflammation in the jaw or surrounding area
  • Certain medical conditions, such as bleeding disorders or allergies to certain medications
  • Pregnancy (some treatments may not be recommended for pregnant women)
  • Osteoporosis or other bone-related conditions that may make specific treatments, such as surgery, too risky
  • Psychological conditions that may impact the ability to follow through with a treatment plan
  • Advanced stages of TMJ disorder that may not respond well to specific treatments
  • Inability to tolerate the discomfort associated with particular treatment methods
  • Failure of previous treatments

Buccal massage as a TMJ Treatment

TMJ disorder is a complex condition with multiple causes, from dental problems and injuries to the jaw or face to stress and genetics. But the good news is numerous treatment options, including buccal massage, are available.

Buccal massage is a type of facial massage that focuses on the muscles of the cheeks and jaw. The word “buccal” refers to the buccinator muscle, which is one of the main muscles in the cheek. During a buccal massage, a therapist will use a variety of techniques, including gentle pressure, kneading, and stretching, to help release tension in the muscles of the cheeks and jaw.

Buccal massage can be an effective treatment for a variety of conditions, including TMJ pain, sinus pressure, and tension headaches. It can also help to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage in the face, promoting overall skin health and reducing puffiness and dark circles under the eyes.

TMJ affects the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jaw to the skull. 

It is caused by a misalignment between three main components: the position of the jaw joint, the functioning of the jaw muscles, and the fit/occlusion of the teeth.

An imbalance between the three components may lead to dental complications, like cracks, fractures, or chips; problems with the bones and gums, such as recession or loss of bone tissue; troubles in the joint, such as noise, arthritis, and locking; and muscular pains.

This lack of balance may result in different habits, some of which the individual may not be aware of, such as clenching the jaws, grinding the teeth, or even compensatory postures. Over time, this can cause increasingly severe issues if unaddressed.

What is TMJ disorder?

TMJ is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is the joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull. The TMJ allows the jaw to move up and down and side to side, enabling us to speak, chew, and yawn.

Unfortunately, TMJ disorders can cause many symptoms that can significantly impact one’s daily life, including:

Causes of TMJ Disorders

The causes of TMJ can vary and can result from multiple factors. However, some of the most common causes include the following:

Dental problems, including misaligned teeth, missing teeth, or a poor bite, can strain the TMJ and lead to pain and discomfort.

It’s important to understand that it’s usually a combination of factors that lead to TMJ rather than a single cause. Therefore, a proper diagnosis by a healthcare professional is the first step to determining the root causes of the disorder.

It’s essential to be aware of the symptoms to address them early on. Early detection and treatment can significantly help manage the condition and reduce its discomfort and impact on daily life.

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