There are muscles that are typically linked to create muscle pain. Because the muscles inside the mouth are very sensitive, massaging the important muscles once a day or every other day is best to relieve jaw pain. According to Revelation 16:10; And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness and they gnawed their tongues for pain—the reason why we feel pain in our jaw may be a result of things that we have not reflected about lately or may have something to do with the things that we’ve done. That being said, this article aims to identify these type of muscles that are linked to jaw pain so you can better understand the muscles that you are targeting when doing self-massage.
Lateral Pterygoid – This is the muscle that most responsible for TMJ problems and pain but it can also cause pain above the cheekbones and can cause the same symptoms as sinusitis. This muscle also creates the popping or clicking sounds as well as pulling the jaw forward. This muscle is irritated mostly when you clench your jaw by chewing gum or ice. It can also be strained when you open your mouth for a very long time when you are having dental work or when you have your mouth open while breathing. If you want to massage this muscle, put your index finger inside your mouth and reach as high up as it will reach until you find a deep pocket. After that, push upward and inward to work your muscle.
Medial Pterygoid – This is located inside your mouth from the inside of the jaw to the hard palate. You are able to massage it by using your thumb to put pressure against the angle of the jaw. Another way to massage it is by reaching your finger behind your back teeth and pressing the soft tissue at the bottom of your mouth. This pressure will cause a gag reflex allowing you to breathe as deeply as you can. Some points of your muscle makes it hard for you to open your mouth wide causing stuffiness. Just like the lateral pterygoid muscle, this muscle is strained by the same activity.
Masseter— This muscle is responsible for chewing and is located under your cheek bone up to the jaw. This is the one that will move in front of the ear when you have your jaw clenched. It is responsible for the pain that you feel above the eyes or any random facial pain and tooth pain as well as sensitivity to extreme temperatures. Pinch this muscle by putting your thumb inside your mouth with your other fingers outside. It will hurt a lot if it is swollen, so you better keep the pressure low enough to not hurt too much.
Sternocleidomastoid— This is a muscle that is responsible for a variety of problems like jaw pain, nausea, ear ringing and many more. This muscle has two branches; the sternal branch that runs from behind the ear to your breast bone and the clavicular branch that runs from the same place to the collar bone. The trigger points to massage this muscle is located along the same length of the size of the muscle. You can put enough amount of pressure where this whole muscle is located and you will relieve some of the stress and pain that you are feeling.