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tmj dysfunction

Elle Chown massage therapist, Padstow, Cornwall

What is TMJ Dysfunction?

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. It is the hardest working joint the body. These are the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull. When these joints are out of place, they can cause many problems, such as:

  • Hearing/ Feeling clicking or popping of the jaw. 
  • Pain in or around the jaw joints. 
  • Locking of the jaw or very limited opening of your mouth. 


There are 3 types of pain associated with TMJ dysfunction and the treatment needs to be approached differently for each one.

  • Internal derangement of the TMJ, such as a disc that has become displaced, an injury to the condyle or dislocation of the TMJ.
  • Arthritis in the joint itself, which can be degenerative or inflammatory in nature.
  • Myofascial pain, which is pain to the muscles surrounding and controlling the joint. This is the most common source of TMJ pain and can be treated successfully through massage therapy.


Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction 

TMJ can be mild, moderate or severe. It can be a temporary pain, sporadic pain or a steady pain that can last for many years. In most cases it is hard to marrow TMJ Dysfunction to just one cause. It is possible a variety of causes come together and isn't one sole cause affecting the joint. 


Common symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Pain behind the eyes.
  • Dizziness, nausea.
  • Earaches or ringing of the ears (Tinnitus).
  • Clenching or grinding of the teeth.
  • Neck, shoulder, or back pain.
  • Numbness, or tingling of the fingers.
  • Hearing loss.
  • Feeling 'tired' in the facial area.
  • Clicking sensations when opening & closing the mouth
  • Dull aching sensation in the face.


What causes TMJ Dysfunction?
Unfortunately, we still don’t know what causes TMJ Dysfunction. Many believe symptoms come from problems with the muscles of your jaw or with the parts of the joint itself. 

TMJ Dysfunction can be caused by:

  • Whiplash and a history of headaches or head and neck trauma.
  • Bruxism - grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Blows to the head.
  • Injury to the jaw or muscles of the jaw.
  • Forward head posture.
  • Repressed anger, rage, bitterness and suppression of the tender emotions.
  • Movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket of the joint.
  • Arthritis in the joint.
  • Stress, which can cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth.


What the treatment involves?

Elle is a level 1 qualified therapist to a whole body appraoch to TMJ dysfunction. She uses TMJ Myofascial release techniques, stretches, and massage to help relieve fascial and TMJ pain. This treatment is rejuvenating and relaxing.



Myo (Muscle) Fascia (The main connective tissue in the body) Release (To let go ,ease pressure)

Any questions don't hesitate to get in touch and we can discuss a treatment plan.

As it is difficult to determine the actual cause of TMJ Dysfunction, it is hard to find an ordinary cure that works for everyone. Most clients explore all treatments to find the most effective treatment that suits them.  Some include:

    • TMJ massage sessions
    • Yoga
    • ​Meditation 
    • Chiropractic Treatment
    • Craniosacral Therapy
    • Splint or night guard to prevent clenching and grinding of the teeth.
    • Muscle relaxants
    • Injection Relief
    • Acupuncture
    • Self-care


    Whole body approach to TMJ Dysfunction - 75 minutes £55
    Whole body approach to TMJ Dysfunction - 95 minutes £65 


    * Cancellation Policy
    Please note, if you need to cancel your appointment you will need to provide 24 hours notice otherwise you will be charged the full fee for the missed appointment.

"Elle gives the best massages! Relaxing but with plenty of pressure. I feel amazing and I didn't even have to leave the house."

- Bryony

“Elle is by far the best massage that I have ever had. She knows exactly what she is doing and she is able to make you feel both relaxed and rejuvenated at the same time.”

- Steph

“My first time booking with Elle and so pleased I did. I’ve been suffering with back pain and it’s defiantly helped ease the aches and pains, professional, friendly and will definitely book again.”

- Sarah

Excellent full body massage for my wife and I. Elle arrived at the pre-booked time and set up in the spare room at our holiday cottage. This really was a full body massage which Elle described as deep tissue and other combinations of massage practices. We both agreed that our massages were the best we’ve had. Every limb even head and face included. Great communication and flexibility to fit in with changing weather forecast! Will definitely book again next time we visit Padstow.

- Andy P

Amazing massage, Elle really works those areas that you struggle with the most. Very professional, great communication and flexible with appointments to suit you as best she can. Highly Recommend, can’t wait for the next one!

- Gemma Crockett

What people say?

Elle is the best masseuse I have ever had. I used to have a sports therapist massage me but never felt that she quite got out the knots. After a massage with Elle I feel fresh out the womb, highly recommend to anyone who has any problems! She’s such a lovely, caring person but also is very strong, so expect to feel like a worm afterwards. I’ve got jelly legs!

- Sophie Smith