What is it?
Intraoral Massage is massage of the muscles and soft tissue structures in and around the mouth and jaw. In the state of Washington, massage therapists' scope of practice does not include massage of any body orifices. The one exception is the mouth, but additional training and certification (called the Intraoral Endorsement) is required. Fortunately, I (Jesse) am fully certified for intraoral massage.
Why would I want massage inside my mouth?
The most common reason for intraoral massage is for treating injury or dysfunction of the temporal-mandibular joint (TMJ) - that's the hinge part that flaps your jaw up and down when you chew or talk. TMJD: Temporal-Mandiublar Joint Dysfunction, is usually experienced as pain, restricted movement, or clicking in the jaw when chewing.
Some other conditions treated with intraoral massage include:
Is it safe?
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