Some people with
temporomandibular disorder (TMD) have areas of the jaw
joint that "trigger" severe pain. Trigger point management includes trigger
point compression and trigger point injections.
Trigger point compression
is done by a doctor or physical therapist, who applies firm pressure to the jaw
muscles with the thumb or knuckle. Trigger point compression works like
a deep massage. The pressure may feel tense or uncomfortable at first, but as
the pressure continues, the area loosens and discomfort decreases. Stretching
and heat applications are applied after trigger point
Trigger point injection
involves a shot of
local anesthetic into the trigger points of the jaw.
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