At CCMH, you’ll learn everything you need to know to become a Massage Therapist. However, CCMH will not be the end of your Massage training. There are many types of Massage that go beyond our curriculum, creating many avenues for continuing education as you grow throughout your career.
TMJ Massage is simply one of the fields of study that will allow you to expand on your CCMH foundation. TMJ Massage is used to treat inflammation and soreness in the temporomandibular joint. If that sounds like a mouthful, that’s because it is. The temporomandibular joint connects the lower jawbone to the rest of the skull, and while they might not be as eye-catching as other parts of the body, those muscles play a vital role in your day-to-day routine.
That’s why TMJ disorders can be so debilitating. Your jaw gets used whenever you open your mouth to eat, drink, or speak. Chronic TMJ pain can make it difficult to hold a casual conversation or chew solid food, giving the condition an outsized impact on your quality of life. Your health suffers when it hurts to have a balanced meal.
The cause of a TMJ disorder varies with the individual. Some people are dealing with arthritis or the lingering aftereffects of a prior injury. For others, the symptoms are stress related, especially when that stress is paired with repetitive behaviours like grinding and gnashing of the teeth. Regular clenching can create severe tension that often gets worse if the issue is not addressed over time.
Fortunately, there are solutions. Studies have shown that TMJ disorders respond extremely well to Massage Therapy, including self-care treatments that can be performed in the home. Using the fingers to apply circular pressure to the jaw muscles can provide at least temporary relief for chronic pain.
There are also plenty of opportunities for those with more specialized knowledge. TMJ massage is both highly effective and far less invasive than the surgical alternatives. As a result, a Registered Massage Therapist with TMJ training can have a dramatic influence on the health and well-being of their patients.
TMJ Massage can restore a sense of normalcy for people who have been struggling with food and speech. That makes it a valuable tool for any skilled Massage Therapist, and is worth considering if you’re looking for ways to expand your therapeutic horizons!
Interested in pursuing a career as a Massage Therapist? It’s easier than you think! A new semester starts in September, so contact us at [email protected] to enroll in one of our Massage Therapy courses today.