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If you’re struggling with TMJ pain like I have been, I’m going to show you how you can use this massage gun to relieve pain and tension.
DISCLAIMER: Before we start please check with your doctor before using a massage gun for any purpose.
The Cause Of TMJ Dysfunction
If you have temporomandibular joint dysfunction it’s not just about what’s happening at the actual joint. There are probably issues in terms of your posture and tension in your muscles so we’re going to work on some of those related ones as well.
Because if you don’t relieve the tension at the lower parts then you’re always going to have that tension at the top as well.
Four Areas To Relieve TMJ Pain
We’re going to work on four sections, starting with the upper traps.
Upper Trapezius Muscle
hat diamond shaped muscle that you’ve got on your back. We’re going to start around the mid traps and then work our way to the upper traps with this. Now for the larger muscle groups I prefer to do this with the higher speed. You’re going to bring it around each of these sections.
You want to do this for about 30 seconds and then move on to the other side as well. I’m just going to show you one side.
This is the upper part to loosen things up. And that really takes that tension off the shoulders that a lot of us have from sitting at our desks.
The next muscle we’re going to deal with is this sternocleidomastoid. Ao that is coming from behind your ear and it can refer pain behind the ear and into your cheek everything’s just kind of clenching in make sure you keep this around the back side. Just ease it down you want to avoid going to the front of the neck very delicate around there.
Whatever you’re doing with the massage gun you want to avoid the bony areas. That means your clavicle or your collarbone around here and anything that’s really bony.
That’s why we’re not directly going to hit the head although I’ve seen that some people do that it can be quite painful and perhaps a little dangerous.
Suboccipital Muscles For TMJ Pain
Now we’re going to move in on the sub-occipital muscles which is a group of four muscles that are pretty much at the base of your skull there’s two bony prominences at the back. If you have TMJ pain it’s likely quite sore there so you want to go gently just underneath the bony area rather then going right on the bone. I’m just going to move around so you can see this. You don’t want to go into the center of the spine and you can do about 30 seconds on one side and then switch over to the other side.
Bob And Brad Massage Gun For TMJ Pain
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Masseter Muscle TMJ Pain
Now we’re on to the most direct part of this treatment where you’re going to hit the masseter muscle which is your chewing muscle. That’s what gets really really tight.
Remember that most massage gun manufacturers will tell you not to use this on your head, so you’re doing this at your own risk. This is strictly for informational purposes.
I always use this on the most gentle setting what you’re going to do is hold your mouth gently closed. And just very easily pull down.
You can kind of come on an angle below your cheekbone trying not to hit bony parts now open your mouth and you’re going to try the same thing just very gently.
30 seconds and then you want to switch over to the other side as well.