Intra-oral therapy is a safe and effective manual technique that addresses muscles both inside and outside the mouth, neck and throat. It is an effective treatment for patients who suffer from TMJ dysfunction*, clenching, grinding, painful clicking jaw, excess jaw tension, migraines, chronic sinus problems, head injuries, whiplash, strains from orthodontia or dental surgery after-effects, headaches, chronic ear congestion, tinnitus, emotional trauma, and chronic face and neck pain.
Although this technique can be quite intense, it is not necessarily painful. Since it deals with muscles that are rarely touched, they respond to less pressure. It is extremely beneficial and even helps balance the posture of the upper body. Gloves are worn while working inside the mouth to release the muscles and fascia involved with chewing and jaw clenching.
If you have been diagnosed with TMD or have pain in the jaw, near the ears, forehead, back of the head, neck, or shoulders you will benefit greatly from intra-oral massage. Many patients have been successfully treated for TMJ syndrome by using this technique. Additionally, some very forward-thinking oral surgeons prescribe intra-oral massage as a non-invasive alternative to root canals.
Benefits of Intra-Oral Massage:
- Silences TMJ noise (clicking, popping, or grinding)
- Relives headaches
- Corrects postural dysfunctions, head forward posture
- Increases the ability to open the mouth wide
- Soothes ear congestion and pain
- Reduces facial swelling
- Mitigates vertigo (dizziness)
- Remedies tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Treats dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
- Quells nausea
- Anchors loose teeth
- Calms clenching/bruxism (grinding)
- Eases facial pain
- Revitalizes fatigued facial muscles
- Strengthens tender, sensitive teeth
- Combats difficulty chewing
- Relieves cervical (neck) pain
- Corrects postural problems
- Reduces paresthesia of fingertips (tingling)
*Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) is a disorder of the muscles of mastication and associated structures.