Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

TMJ

Massage and myofascial release can help your symptoms and increase range of motion within the joint. It does this by adressing and releasing any restrictions in the fascia and musculature of the upper back, neck, head and face in particular the ones which control jaw movement. Working intraorally is also part of the treatment, which is very gentle but very effective in it’s release of tension within chewing muscles.

How do you know you have it in the first place?

Having a diagnosis from your GP or Dentist is one of the first steps then having treatment from a qualified massage therapist who has specific training and experience treating TMJ symptoms will undoubtedly help.

Common symptoms of jaw problems include;

  • Bruxism (grinding of teeth)
  • Worn teeth
  • Trismus (difficuly opening mouth)
  • Difficulties swallowing
  • Difficulties speaking
  • Long term (chronic) pain in neck, face, shoulders or upper back
  • Tinnitus
  • Sensitive to light and/or noise
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizzy spells
  • Headache and migraines

So, if you have any of these symptoms and feel you’d benefit from TMJ treatment contact Angela to arrange your massage in Edinburgh.

Are You Stressed?

What Are the Symptoms of Stress?

Churning stomach, palpitations, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, insomnia, sweating, trembling, general anxiety, tense headaches, unusual fatigue, frigidity, poor concentration, increased irritability and eating/drinking/smoking too much. A heady mix you will agree.

Medium Term – Left unchecked and unattended to these symptoms can lead to chest pain, allergies, persistent insomnia, high blood pressure, abdominal pain, migraines, depression, ulcers, asthma and infections, muscle tension and feelings of inadequacy, guilt and hate.
Long Term – Left in a continual state of stress the body may develop heart disease, strokes, cancer, angina, depression and general health deterioration. Stress also increases wound healing times by up to 40%.

Benefits of Massage

Massage is not a placebo or just pampering! It has been scientifically proven to lower blood pressure and lower the stress hormone, cortisol. Most importantly, it increases serotonin, which is the ‘feel good’ hormone that makes us feel energetic, inspired and optimistic. It also alters our electromagnetic brainwaves (which correspond to our state of mind) to ALPHA – making us feel relaxed, calm, creative and at peace with the world!

Holistic Massage Therapy – Physiological Benefits (physical structure of the body)

Short Term

  • Improved skin tone and colour.
  • Encourage better circulation. Efficient delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the body’s cells and more efficient waste removal.
  • Deeper and more relaxed breathing.
  • Lymphatic drainage is improved and reduced swelling.
  • Muscle fatigue relief and reduced soreness and stiffness in joints.
  • General relaxation.
  • Stimulation or sedation of the nervous system (depending on type of massage)
  • Sleep pattern improvements
  • Digestion and speed of waste removal improves.

Long Term

  • Skin elasticity improvement.
  • Improve circulation.
  • Immunity boosting.
  • Muscles suppleness improves.
  • Neural communication improvements and relaxation of the nervous system (helps to prevent muscle spasms caused by anxiety).
  • Deeper and more effective respiration.
  • Insomnia relief.
  • Digestive balance.
  • Lower high blood pressure.

Psychological Benefits of Holistic Massage Therapy

Short Term

  • Body relaxation, reducing tension and effects of stress.
  • Mind relaxation, reducing anxiety and its effects.
  • Soothing and comforting.
  • Lifts the emotions and increases positive feelings.
  • Increased energy due to invigoration of all body systems and reduces fatigue.

Long Term

  • Sustainable relaxation of body and mind.
  • Body image improvements, awareness and self esteem and self worth.
  • Energy levels increase as less energy is spent holding the body in a tense state (mental and physical). Release of negative energy and toxins, means you are less likely to get ill or suffer the effects of minor aches and pains.