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Therapeutic Massage And BOTOX® For TMJ Syndrome

Revive™ Medical Spa

Medical Spa located in Farmington Hills, MI

Therapeutic Massage and BOTOX® for TMJ and associated headache relief can help.

Many people experience Jaw pain, difficulty chewing, and clicking and locking of the jaw joint as some of the symptoms. People may experience:
  • Pain areas in the face, ear, jaw, or mouth
  • Pain types can be chronic
  • Mouth: difficulty chewing or toothache
  • Joints: crackles or tenderness
  • Also common: headache, joint locking, or muscle spasms
Thanks to advancments in treatment techniques, including Botox® and temporomandibular massage it’s possible to reduce your discomfort, relax and reduce masseter muscle size and strength, while boosting your relief and comfort.  At Revive™ Medical Spa in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Ardis Schmitt, RN, BSN, and the team provide safe, effective treatments for TMJ. To schedule an appointment today, call the office and speak with a friendly staff member, or book a consultation online.

By providing massage on the muscles surrounding the temporomandibular joint, TMJ patients may be able to lessen pain and ease TMJ symptoms.


What is the Masseter Muscle and TMJ?

In human anatomy, the masseter is one of the muscles used for chewing (mastication).  It is the most obvious muscle of mastication since it is the most superficial and one of the strongest.  The masseter muscle can become enlarged in patients who habitually clench or grind (with bruxism) their teeth and even in those who constantly chew gum. This masseteric enlargement (hypertrophy) is asymptomatic and soft; it is usually bilateral but can be unilateral. Even if the hypertrophy is bilateral, asymmetry of the face may still occur due to unequal enlargement of the muscles.

How is TMJ identified?

At Revive™ Medical Spa, Ardis will review your medical history, asking about your lifestyle and symptoms, and physically examine your masseters.

Make sure to let Ardis know if you clench or grind your teeth or consistantly chew gum. Also, let her know if you've had an accident or surgery that could be contributing to your pain.  Typically, you will have been told by a previous provider durng dental examination that you have bruxism resulting in TMJ syndrome. You’ll also want to bring a list of prescription medications, vitamins, and nutritional supplements that you take regularly to provide a complete history. 

How is TMJ pain treated?

Many adults suffer the occasional headache. For millions, the problem is more severe, affecting quality of life as much as six months out of every year. There are numerous types of headaches and a wide variety of triggers. From tension headaches to frequent migraines, headaches may stem from dysfunction in the jaw, or TMJ disorder. At Revive Medical Spa, Ardis Schmitt, RN BSN has been able to provide relief for hundreds of patients for whom traditional headache therapies could not achieve lasting relief with treatments that include Botox® injections to temporarly relax these muscles and specialized facialcrainal massage of the temporomandibular area.

The temporomandibular massage treatment gives extensive focus to the muscles that affect TMJ Syndrome: jaw, temple, scalp, and neck. Your first session includes an intake, consultation, education. and your first massage for TMJ dysfunction with the goal of reducing pain in jaw and temple areas.   Massage sessions following the initial appointment take approximately 60 minutes.  Treatment for TMJ depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your quality of life.

Ardis might recommend:

  • Temporomandibular Massage Treatments
  • Botox® injections
  • Eating a soft food diet
  • Avoiding wide yawning
  • Avoiding chewing gum
  • Use of heat pads and ice packs
  • Relaxation techniques including:
    • Guided imagery
    • Practicing mindfulness to reduce stress
    • Practicing relaxation techniques

To learn more about the different treatments, schedule an appointment at Revive™ Medical Spa.  Call the office today and speak with a friendly staff member, or book a consultation online.

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