What is intraoral massage?
An intraoral massage focuses on the muscles both inside and outside of the mouth and jaw. This is a treatment targeted towards people who are experiencing headaches, migraines, jaw tension, teeth grinding, and TMJ disorder.
An intraoral massage can help reduce headaches and the discomfort associated with jaw tension, migraines, grinding teeth, injuries and strains, accidents, and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder.
When is intraoral massage beneficial?
This is a treatment targeted towards people who are experiencing:
Headaches & Migraines
Postural Dysfunctions, Head Forward Posture
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disfunction.
Injuries/Strains in the Jaw
How is intraoral massage performed?
Intraoral massage is done lying face up (supine) on the table. Gloves are worn by the massage therapist when working inside the mouth for sanitation purposes. Client can still use their hands, or more specifically their fingers, to express levels of intensity by giving a rating of 1-5. This still allows communication of the client and the therapist when performing intraoral work. These muscles can be sensitive, but just like any other bodywork the therapist can adjust the pressure to make sure the client is comfortable.
Using fascial cups during intraoral work
Fascial cups are a great way to work on the muscles and connective tissue around the jaw and mouth. This lift can increase blood circulation, activate lymphatic drainage, create space for the temporomandibular Joint.
What are the benefits of facial cupping?
· Stimulates lymphatic system
· Increases blood flow to tissue
· Helps release adhesions in face
· Relax muscles and facia surrounding the face and skull
· Create space for the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
Can anyone perform intraoral work?
To work inside the mouth as a massage therapist in Washington you need to be certified by your department of health and take 16hrs hands on continuing education in person. They will then give you an endorsement on your license. If you’re a healthcare practitioner and want to learn what your requirements are be sure to check with your state department of health and profession specific criteria.