The Benefits of TMJ Massage: Relieving Pain and Improving Quality of Life

A woman lying on the massage table and practitioner is doing intraoral work.There are many benefits of TMJ massage but pain relief is one of the most notable and sought-after.

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), around 10 million people in the United States suffer from TMJD, and it is more common in women than in men. TMJD can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, leading to chronic pain, sleep disturbances, and depression.

What is TMJ and what does it do

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most complex joints in the body, allowing us to perform a wide range of movements that are essential for eating, speaking, and expressing emotions. This joint is supported by muscles, ligaments, and a cartilaginous disc that cushions the joint and prevents bone-to-bone contact. The TMJ also houses nerves and blood vessels that supply the muscles and tissues around it. It’s the hinge joint that connects the jawbone to the skull, allowing us to move our jaw up and down, side to side, and forward and backward.

What is TMJ Disorder and what causes it

TMJ disorder, also known as TMJD, occurs when there is a problem with the joint or the muscles that control it. In this article, we will explore the benefits of TMJ massage for those who suffer from TMJD.TMJD is a condition that affects the TMJ and the surrounding muscles and tissues. There are several causes of TMJD, including:

  • Injuries to the jaw or face
  • Arthritis or other joint disorders
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Malocclusion or misaligned teeth
  • Poor posture

Symptoms of TMJD 

Numerous symptoms accompany temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) for those affected by it. Among these symptoms are:

  • Pain or tenderness in the jaw joint, face, neck, or shoulders
  • Clicking, popping, or grinding sounds when opening or closing the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing or speaking
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Earaches or tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Facial asymmetry or swelling
  • Tooth sensitivity or pain

How can TMJ massage help

TMJ massage is a non-invasive, drug-free therapy that can help alleviate the symptoms of TMJD and improve the function of the jaw joint. In a TMJ massage, a trained massage therapist applies gentle pressure and manipulation techniques to the muscles and tissues around the TMJ, including the face, neck, shoulders, and back.

TMJ Massage can have several benefits, including:

  • Reducing pain and tension in the jaw, face, and neck
  • Improving range of motion and flexibility in the jaw joint
  • Relieving headaches and migraines caused by TMJD
  • Reducing stress and promoting relaxation
  • Improving sleep quality and reducing snoring

TMJ massage can also be combined with intraoral massage, a technique that involves massaging the muscles inside the mouth. Intraoral massage can be beneficial for people who suffer from TMJD caused by teeth grinding or clenching, as it can help release tension in the muscles that control these movements.


TMJ disorder can be a painful and debilitating condition that affects many people. Fortunately, there are non-invasive, drug-free therapies like TMJ massage that can help alleviate the symptoms of TMJD and improve your quality of life. 

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Understanding Pain: Demystifying the Complexities of Pain Perception

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Understanding pain empowers both therapists and recipients, which is why I discuss it with all my new clients. When we grasp why we hurt, although the experience remains annoying, it becomes less frightening, and we can take some control over it.


We define pain as unpleasant sensations and emotions linked to real or possible tissue damage.

In simpler terms, it’s not just about feeling physically uncomfortable; it’s also about the emotional and mental pressure. Basically, your body is saying, “Hey, something’s not right!” It’s not just feeling uneasy; it’s like a blaring alarm going off in your entire body.

Why Do We Hurt?

Ever wondered why we feel pain? Scientists, including Professor Lorimer Mosley, are starting to unravel this mystery, and it’s more complex than you might think.

Pain isn’t just a simple reaction to something going wrong in our bodies. It’s actually a complex process involving both our physical sensations and our brain’s interpretation of those sensations.

Professor Lorimer Mosley, a leading expert in Clinical Neuroscience, explains this complexity. When you accidentally touch something hot, your body sends signals to your brain, warning of potential danger. But it’s not just about the physical touch; it’s also about how your brain perceives that touch. It evaluates the situation, considering factors like how hot the object is and how long you’ve been in contact with it. Then, if it determines that there’s a real threat, it triggers the sensation of pain.

The Brain’s Role

Our brains play a crucial role in the experience of pain. They receive signals from our bodies and decide if there’s a genuine threat. If there is, they make us feel pain as a way to protect us.

So, when you stub your toe or get a paper cut, it’s not just about the injury itself; it’s also about how your brain interprets that injury. It’s like an alarm system, warning you of potential harm.

Not Just Physical

Interestingly, this process isn’t limited to physical injuries. It also occurs when we experience stress or emotional challenges.

In those situations, our bodies still send signals to our brains, signaling that something isn’t quite right. Again, our brains evaluate the situation, taking those signals very seriously. If it perceives a threat, it may respond in the same way as if we experienced physical damage.

Understanding Helps Coping

So, pain isn’t just about hurting yourself. It’s like an alarm system to keep us safe. Knowing this, can help us handle pain better in our daily lives. By understanding the complex interplay between our bodies and brains, we can develop strategies to cope with pain more effectively, whether it is physical discomfort or emotional distress.

How To Manage Pain

To manage pain effectively, it is important to engage in regular physical activity to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility. Utilize relaxation techniques like deep breathing or meditation to alleviate tension. Incorporate hot or cold therapy as needed to reduce inflammation and numb discomfort.

Manual therapists, such as massage therapists, play a crucial role in pain management by employing hands-on techniques to release muscle tension, modulate nervous system, and promote relaxation. They can target specific areas of pain and provide personalized treatment plans to address individual needs. Regular sessions with a skilled massage therapist can complement other pain management strategies and contribute to overall well-being. Remember to communicate openly with your therapist about your pain levels and any changes in your condition for the most effective treatment.

Our massage clinic is open for business!

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Our massage clinic is open for business again, and we have new safety protocols.

Yay!!! After hunkering down for several months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our massage clinic is finally open for business.

Because your health and safety were always a priority, and now more than ever, we have put new safety measures in place:


  • Everyone entering our clinic has to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth.
  • We will screen all clients for COVID-19 exposure and symptoms.
  • To reduce crowding in our waiting areas, please stay outside or in your car and text your therapist.
  • The waiting room will only be available for those who cannot safely be outside.
  • Unless the appointment is for the child, please leave your child at home.
  • One caregiver will be allowed only if medically necessary.
  • The therapist will be wearing a face mask during the entire massage.
  • The therapist will change the face mask and her T-shirt after each client.


Paying Close Attention

Back to Touch Massage Clinic was always paying close attention to keeping the treatment room clean and sanitary. For years we have been using medical-grade disinfectants such as Protex. However, during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are even more strict with our cleaning protocols.


  • We removed the additional soft padding from the massage table (the table is still comfortable). That makes the disinfection of the table more effective.
  • As always, each client is provided with a fresh set of sheets.
  • If needed, each client will receive a fresh blanket. 
  • After each massage, we clean the treatment room, all shared surfaces, doorknobs, light switches as well as massage equipment with Protex disinfectant.
  • We also ventilate the treatment room for at least 45 minutes after each use.
  • There is an air purifier in each treatment room and hallway. 



To keep you safe, we ask that you follow our new safety measures. Together we can also help our community stay healthy.

Thank you for choosing Back To Touch Massage Clinic, we look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.

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Hot Stone Massage

What Is A Hot Stone Massage?

A hot stone massage is a popular approach to bodywork. It involves the use of heated rocks to apply heat to specific areas of tissue. Massage therapists prefer basalt rocks for their smoothness and ability to retain heat.

There are many different protocols to perform Hot Stone Massage. In my practice, I place the rocks on the body but also use them as a massage tool.

The session starts in the face-down position. I place warm stones on both sides of your spine, back of your arms, hands, legs and your feet. After a brief warm-up, I remove a few of them and start massaging that area, holding stones in my hands. Next, to keep you warm, I place new rocks back and move to another part of your body. When I finish massaging your back, I remove all the stones and help you turn over. I place rocks on your chest, abdomen, arms, legs, and continue with the treatment. When the massage is over, I will remove the excess oil with a warm, moist towel.

The pressure used during the treatment is light to medium-deep but never painful. Clients who are new to this massage style are often surprised by how good it feels and how quickly they experience a deep state of relaxation and well-being.

Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

Although the benefits of hot stone massage haven’t been researched extensively, it is recognized as a valuable approach to treat general muscle pain, chronic pain, back pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and osteoarthritis.

It’s that time of a year…

It’s cold and snowy today.  A few hours ago, I took a brisk walk at the forest preserve near my home. At first, it was a pleasant walk but after a while I started to feel that nasty chill in my bones. I immediately thought about my clients who take a train or bus to come to my office or simply walk to get there for their massage.


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Can Massage Help A Cold Or Flu?

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Can Massage Help Recover From A Cold And Flu?

During the cold and flu season, clients often ask me if massage therapy can help them recover faster.

The answer is – NO.

As a matter of fact, receiving massage while your body is fighting an illness may worsen your condition.

I know you are suffering, and I know you are in pain!

The congestion in your chest is unbearable. The force caused by coughing and seizing makes your muscles tight and sore. Additionally, the flu-related pain in your muscles and joints make you feel exhausted and cranky. While you’re desperate to get some relief from your symptoms, massage therapy isn’t the way to go.

Massage Therapists Are Not Trained To Diagnose

Massage therapists usually mean well when they try to help people who are sick. However, we are not trained to diagnose, treat, or cure any illnesses. We have no ability to correctly assess your condition nor to advise you about your illness. Your best bet is to go see your medical doctor and follow their instructions. They can properly diagnose you, and ensure you are not developing any secondary upper respiratory system problems. You may need medication that will help you boost your immune system and fight the symptoms efficiently.

Common Colds And Flu Are Highly Contagious

We have to remember that common cold and the flu are highly contagious during their early stage of incubation. Walking around sick is not only going to spread the virus, but also may cause you to develop additional health conditions, and making your recovery process longer.
When you first notice symptoms of illness, call and reschedule your massage, your therapist will be grateful.

If you are a client of Back To Touch Massage Clinic, please know that our cancellation policy does not apply to those who are sick.

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Massage Creates A Positive Body Image

A Positive Body Image with Massage Therapy

Do you know that massage helps create a positive body image? My clients are often surprised that over time, after receiving regular massage the way they view themselves improves. They often laugh about the paradox that fear of judgment or shame of not being in perfect shape, have kept them away from something as healing as bodywork.

I remember when I was in massage school and we had our first hands-on class. We were nervous about taking off our clothes and allowing our classmates to touch our bodies. However, several massages later, we were more at ease. Weeks later, when our skills improved, we let go of our concerns and enjoyed our massages. We also discovered that bodies are just bodies.

Practicing massage therapy for more than 16 years has given me the opportunity to witness a phenomenon:

When Our Bodies Feel Better, We Feel Better About Our Bodies!

So, when considering a massage, remember these bits of sage advice:

  1. Do nothing, don’t get a massage, don’t risk vulnerability. It’s easy, it involves doing nothing. The risk is low because you are not letting another person see or touch you at all. The results of it are zero. Your stress level will be the same and you are still going to be in pain, insecure, and at war with your body.
  2. Your massage therapist should always make sure you feel comfortable. And no, you don’t need to strip nude to receive rewarding bodywork.
  3. When you get a massage, a great one, and the therapist is sensitive and attuned to your needs, you’ll feel respected and then you’ll begin to let your guard down.

Through the years as a massage therapist, I have seen and touched hundreds, perhaps thousands of people; slim, voluptuous, young, old, healthy and those who deal with various health issues. I’ve seen it all! And to tell you the truth, for me, it’s all about what’s going on inside not out.

Whatever your life story, a massage therapist is meant to help you heal. So, stop avoiding massage because you feel uncomfortable about your body. Talk with your therapist about finding a healing option that works for you.

Massage is meant to help you feel better, by reducing stress, controlling or eliminating pain, or assisting in recovery from injury or illness. Don’t let your body image keep you from feeling good!

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Are You Nervous About Your First Massage

Massage in Frankfurt, GermanyAre You Nervous About Your First Massage?

If you are nervous about your first massage, I assure you, it’s a normal reaction to the unknown! That’s why I take the time to walk you through the whole process, making sure that before we start the treatment, you feel empowered and comfortable.

What To Expect?

First, when you arrive, I will ask you to fill out a health intake form and take you to the treatment room.

Each session starts with a 30-minute private consultation.

We are going to talk about your condition, explore your needs and expectations, and set up your short and long term goals. After that, I will explain what to expect during the session and suggest your treatment plan. I will also explain the possible outcomes.

This is also a good time for you to ask questions. Don’t be shy, the more you know before your massage, the more relaxed you feel!

Do I Have To Undress?

Traditionally, clients fully undress to receive a massage. If that makes you feel uncomfortable, there is no need to worry! You can keep as many pieces of your garments as you wish. It is your choice! However, please make sure you remove all your jewelry and your shoes.

During your massage, I will drape you with the sheets and uncover only the areas of your body that I’m going to massage. If there are any areas you don’t want me to touch, please let me know.

At the end of your massage, I will exit the room to allow you some privacy. You can stay on the table for a few minutes and enjoy the first results of your treatment.

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