We can help improve jaw pain, headache, neck and shoulder problems through TMJ related massage. However, not all therapists enjoy working in people’s mouths. Fortunately, extremely powerful results ensue from working externally.
In this class you’ll learn powerful techniques for freeing up the mandible and TMJ complex and achieving profound relaxation. Specifically, we’ll externally address the following:
- Lateral Pterygoids
- Medial Pterygoids
- Cranial Base
- SCMs and other neck muscles
You will learn a variety of techniques including:
- Passive compression
- Longitudinal and cross fiber friction
- Pin and stretch techniques
- Active stretching with contract/relax mobilization in ascending and descending chains
You’ll also learn how to help clients with home stretches, jaw stabilizing and other TMJ reducing practices and self mobilization techniques as well as learn about appliances, bruxism, jaw classifications, and neuromuscular relationships between the thoracic, cervical, cranial and TMJ areas.
At the end of this class you will feel comfortable assisting clients in increased range of motion and profound relaxation of the jaw, head, and cranial base.