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Myofascial Release for Oral Health

Feb 28, 2022 08:00PM ● By Madelyn Pearson


Myofascial release is a holistic and therapeutic treatment commonly used in dentistry to treat muscular tenderness, also known as myalgia. Myofascial disorders usually occur in conjunction with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunctions which produce pain and discomfort in the head, face and neck. Myofascial disorders are one of the most frequent but unappreciated muscle abnormalities that can lead to a variety of dental and overall health issues, and are considered one of the most common reasons for undiagnosed orofacial pain.

Patient investigations have revealed that the pain is linked to focally tender trigger sites in the skeletal muscle. Myofascial release is a method of evaluating and treating the tissues and muscles that make up the myofascial system that surrounds the face. This procedure aids in the relaxation of trigger muscles, muscle tightness and soft tissue dysfunctions in the face, teeth, jaws, head and neck which can limit motion and create pain.

Despite the fact that myofascial tissues are found throughout the body, there are only a few precise locations where pain usually begins, known as trigger points. A typical and functional myofascial should be elastic, and treatment should only be used if the patient's myofascial tissues are stiff or tightened.

Causes of Myofascial Pain Syndrome 

Myofascial pain condition has both primary and secondary causes. The origin of the problem can be traced back to a musculoskeletal injury that occurred as a result of sports, motor vehicle accidents, extended jaw opening or other macro trauma-causing event. Another fundamental condition that contributes to myofascial syndrome is chronic muscle overuse. Poor body position, mechanics or repetitive motions could all be to blame.

Response to long-term injuries or diseases such as TMJ-related inflammation, ear infections, toothaches, persistent painful disorders and migraines are among the secondary causes of myofascial dysfunction.

Myofascial release therapy is appropriate for patients with myofascial pain syndrome. Chronic headaches may occur, which can be eased by myofascial release. Moreover, to release the tensed myofascial muscle trigger points, a gentle and holistic massage is used which greatly aids in the treatment of neck, face and head pain.

Venous insufficiency is one of the most common causes of this condition. This happens when there isn't enough blood flowing through the veins to specific myofascial trigger points. Blood pooling can stretch and injure the veins around the muscles, causing aches and pains. Hence, myofascial release is a great way to relieve the pain and pooling produced by blood flow inadequacy in the veins.

Some of the most prevalent sites for myofascial pain disorder include sinuses, teeth, cheeks, temples, ears and forehead. Expert evaluation is required to determine the condition and appropriate treatment for release.

Limitations for Myofascial Release 

Although many patients benefit from myofascial release massage therapy, it is not suitable for those that suffer from such conditions as wounds, burns and injuries that are painful; broken, brittle or damaged bones; deep-vein thrombosis; or are taking blood-thinning drugs.

Benefits of Myofascial Release 

Some of the well-received benefits of the myofascial release technique include: 

  • Pain and discomfort relief - Relieves pain and discomfort in the face, teeth, jaws, gums and other areas of the mouth by releasing pressure or trigger points in the myofascial muscles.

  • Improved blood circulation - Reduces pressure around the myofascial tissues, allowing blood to flow more freely via the trigger points, avoiding vein injury.

  • Improves motion - Because injuries can limit a patient's range of mouth movement—preventing them from smiling, laughing, eating, chewing and other activities—myofascial release helps to reduce the danger of muscle overstretching and restore correct oral functions in a timely manner.

  • Prevents Delayed Onset Muscular Soreness (DOMS) - Patients who experience muscle soreness on a regular basis might consider using the myofascial release technique to speed recovery and avoid future occurrences. It also aids in the improvement of range of motion and the treatment of pain and soreness.

  • Muscle tension is released - Myofascial release is a fantastic holistic dental procedure for improving a patient's overall health. It can assist in relieving muscle tension and soreness, treat muscle-related issues and enhance oral health.

Myofascial trigger point pain is one of the most common causes of pain in the body. It is a frequent approach to diagnose severe pain issues and is not confined to dental practice. However, it's critical to seek professional advice and assess the situation in order to select the optimum myofascial release technique and plan for relieving oral pain and discomfort. 

Myofascial release treatment has a number of health benefits because it is non-surgical and assists patients with a variety of illnesses. To improve oral health, learn everything about myofascial pain and release in order to obtain the best therapy possible.

Courtesy of Natural Smiles Dental Care

 Dr. Madelyn Pearson of Natural Smiles Dental Care, in Shoreview, is a past president of the Holistic Dental Association and an accredited member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). She has taken advanced coursework in orthopedic orthodontics, sleep-appliance therapy, pediatric dentistry, amalgam/mercury removal, and is Invisalign certified. Pearson is committed to the integration of dental sciences with holistic health, and has studied craniosacral therapy, homeopathy, applied kinesiology and nutrition. To learn more, visit


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