Clinical Massage for TMJ Dysfunction

with Christopher Fritel

Saturday & Sunday, March 4-5
12 CE hours


*10% off for TLC Graduates and students

The goal of this workshop is to familiarize ourselves with the information and skills required to recognize, assess, and safely treat TMJ dysfunction.

Techniques will focus on:

  • Reducing pain
  • Decreasing sympathetic nervous system firing
  • Restoring and maintaining drainage and venous return
  • Reducing fascial restrictions and adhesions
  • Reducing hypertonicity and trigger points
  • Mobilizing hypomobile joints and restore range of motion
  • Restoring proprioception
  • Stretching short muscles

Three components must be present for TMJ dysfunction to occur:

  • Predisposition refers to genetic development or trauma to the neck, face, or jaw that make TMJ dysfunction possible.
  • Tissue alteration of skeletal, dental, and neuromuscular structures can result in malocclusion (abnormal coming together of the jaw), misalignment of cranial bones, and trigger points among other symptoms.
  • Stress that is significant enough to result in jaw clenching, bruxism (grinding), or habits such as gum chewing can lead to increased muscle tone in the muscles of mastication.

11.01.FacultyHeadshotChristopher.WebChristopher Fritel, BA, LMT What feeds his sense of adventure? Working with the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa; attending the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in New York City; Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Christopher completed his massage training at TLC in 2001 and since has dedicated himself to sharing the message of massage with numerous Lauterstein-Conway students and in his private practice. Most recently Christopher has been trained in Zero Balancing and loves it!