Honey, my jaw hurts. Can you rub my belly?
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Never in my life would I have guessed the way to a man’s jaw is also through his stomach.
This is a funny career I have. Massage therapy. I went to school for better than a year and taken at least five weeks of classes after graduation. We were taught thousands of things. In five years of practice, I have applied these techniques thousands of times. Clients have responded positively more times than I can count.
But you never really know until it happens to you.
My jaw started hurting. It ached really bad. After working on the masiter muscle near my jaw bone on the left for several days. Finally, I through my hands in the air and came to the conclusion I was just getting old and I developed TMJD.
Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD) affects the muscles and the joints that connect the jaw bone to the skull. 35% of our population. Soreness while you chew, popping or clicking in your jaw, ear aches, headaches and general dull achey-ness in your face may be associated with TMJD.
I am no doctor, and I should never try to diagnose myself. Once I got to thinking about the problem, I started to realize what might be going on.
Here was my logic:
If the toe bone is connected to the foot bone, and the foot bone is connected to the ankle bone. Then, the jaw bone is connected to the stomach.
What I did next made perfect sense to me; I called Christen over and asked her if she would shove her fist in my gullet. After she took a quick jab, she gave it a serious go. Many of you have had me work on the psoas, so you know exactly what goes on. Fist on the left side of my belly. Gentle rocking of the leg and slow pushing of the muscle. After three minutes of work, my jaw felt better. After several days of this, I haven’t had jaw problems.
My job involves bending forward at the hip. Therefore, my psoas (forearm sized muscle in your abdomen) is shortened. When the psoas is tight, it pulls everything else tight all the way up to the SCM (big muscle in your neck) and the masiter.
By working the psoas, my entire system was able to get back to normal. It took time, and it’s not comfortable, but it works!
Just remember, the next time you notice something aching, the true cause might be very far away.