Medical massage for jaw, breathing, swallowing and voice issues can help alleviate:
- TMJ disorder (jaw clicking, tension, pain and associated issues like headaches, tinnitus, etc.)
- Speech pathologies and related
- Swallowing difficulties and disorders
- Repercussions from neck cancer, tumors and nerve damage
- Breathing issues
- Voice challenges faced by teachers, vocalists, public speakers, actors, etc. (These can include a “tight” throat, lack of vocal projection, a sense of tongue tension, difficulty taking a deeper breath or with breath pacing, and more.)
Training and treatment approach
- The techniques used can help relax tension by calming a guarded nervous system or relieving unconscious holding patterns. This frees your body to feel and function better.
- Treatment is comfortable, gentle and thoughtful.
- The approach relies on a client-therapist partnership founded in trust. Areas of tension or discomfort are located through the therapist’s educated touch, combined with the client’s verbal feedback or hand signals.
- Manual therapies may include positioning, gentle skin stretching or gathering, comfortable tissue compression, slow strokes and holds, thoughtful muscle/joint stretching and other techniques.
- A whole-body assessment may be performed to determine what additional areas may be contributing to the localized problem, such as tension in the ribs and diaphragm. However, only the contributing areas will be focused on using a medical approach.
- Self-care suggestions may be given to help you maintain progress at home and work. Be sure to check with your doctor prior to following any suggestions.
This is client-centered work
- The client is always in control of what is being done.
- Comfort is of paramount concern.
- Communication is guided and encouraged.
Marlene says: I have a personal interest in this work
As a baby I experienced head trauma, resulting in an unnatural, strongly deviated septum, a displaced jaw (TMJD) and other signs. As a child I had a lisp and underwent speech therapy to overcome it. Due to my nose/breathing issues growing up, as an adult I’ve undergone years of self-practice to improve my breathing techniques, learning how to become more of a relaxed abdominal breather (a continuous process). I self-apply some of the therapeutic techniques I’ve learned to further my improvement and to relax and bring comfort to my jaw. In addition to massage therapy, I can teach you some self-care to help you maintain comfort.
If you have a concern in this area you’d like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to text or call us at (240) 487-9387, email us, or simply schedule an appointment and discuss your issue before your session starts (we always allow time for a thorough intake).
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