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Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

Most massage therapists get into massage, not just because they have a calling to help others, but, typically, they are also on a journey of self-discovery into their own bodies and the pain and dysfunction within.  That being said, when I was in my early twenties, I had to have all four of my impacted wisdom teeth extracted.  During that process my jaw was hyper-extended.  Once I was cleared, I returned to work.  That very evening, on the way home, I was rear ended, driving me into the car in front of me.  This caused major whiplash.  From that point on, I had TMJD and had to wear a nightguard.

TMJD has many symptoms ranging from clicking of the jaw, headaches, ear pain, jaw/cheek pain, neck pain, bruxism and many others.

TMJ diagram front view

It wasn’t until massage school that I learned that  the muscles in the jaw, neck and the inside of the mouth could be ‘released’ to relieve bruxism/TMJD.  Bruxism is the grinding and clenching of the jaw that almost always goes with TMJD.  Bruxism has many side effects such as the need for extra dental visits, the wearing down of the enamel, cracked teeth, insomnia, and headaches.

There are many muscles that contribute to TMJD.  The traps, temporalis and sternocleidomastoid can contribute because they attach very close to the jaw near the ear.  (We will discuss front forward posture in a later article).  These muscles can be accessed externally.  However, for the biggest relief intra-oral work is needed.  The masseter, medial pterygoid, and lateral pterygoid need to accessed inside the mouth.

Usually the relief is instantaneous, and I’ve had quite a few clients that get emotional just because of the relief!

Please do some research, ask some questions!  Become an expert of your body.

And if you ever think of a question that you want me to write about, please let me know!

Julie Fisher NC/SC LMBT

#AdvancedTherapeuticBodywork #BeeTranquil #TransparentWarrior  #TheBodyEngineer

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Fun Facts about Massage

Fun Facts about Massage

​Fun Facts about Massage

70% of all Americans think that massage should be considered healthcare – I agree!

88% of all Americans think that massage is effective in reducing pain (and stress).

Studies show that receiving a foot massage after surgery helps reduce pain and the consumption of opioids.

Non-surgical treatments for plantar fasciitis, including massage, are shown to resolve 90% of cases within 12 months.

Massage in place of opioids would save $23-25 BILLION in prescription costs.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid promotes massage as a supplemental benefit.

Please do some research, ask some questions!  Become an expert of your body.

And if you ever think of a question that you want me to write about, please let me know!

Julie Fisher NC/SC LMBT

#BeeTranquil #TransparentWarrior  #TheBodyEngineer 

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What to Expect

What to Expect

Hello!  I have had quite a few clients go to my website and say ‘Which type of massage do I choose?’ If you are in chronic pain and/or dysfunction, the easiest massage to select through the website is the bodywork or neuromuscular session. Most people know if they want a relaxing, hot stone Swedish; for the rest, please read on!

I choose to operate in my home so that I may do the work that my client requires rather than be limited by corporate restrictions.  Most of the franchise massage establishments do not allow abdominal, pec minor, or pectineus muscle work. I want to be able to give my clients the work that they truly need!

One of the things that I want for my website is ease for the client.  When you choose a modality, you will receive an electronic intake form.  State law requires that this be filled out and signed.  The more information that you give, the better.  It gives me the opportunity to research any medications or conditions you may have.  It also helps me formulate the beginnings of your treatment plan.  For example, if you have arthritis or osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bones), there will be very little stretching in your session.  Or if you have hypertension, I will know to allow more time for sitting up after the session to limit dizziness.

When you arrive at my studio

entrance

entrance to Bee Tranquil

Putting clients at ease and comfortable is a huge priority to me.  One client told me that my studio looks like an orthopedic office!  The first few minutes we will communicate about your treatment needs, as well as a more thorough assessment.   Assessment will/may include a visual assessment, lots of questions, watching your gait, the condition of your skin, hands on assessing, and many other methods.

massage table

We will then discuss what will take place during your session, and then we begin!

studio for Advanced Therapeutic Bodywork

Afterwards, we will discuss things that you can do to help your results last longer and recommendations for follow-up sessions.

I truly look forward to working with you, and helping you move better!

Julie Fisher NC/SC LMBT

#AdvancedTherapeuticBodywork #BeeTranquil #TransparentWarrior  #TheBodyEngineer

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