Looking for a Pediatric TMJ Specialist in Richmond?

TMJ disorders (TMD) affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone. Kids will experience TMJ pain due to joint muscle spasms, misalignment, or the way their teeth fit in. Over time, TMD can cause pain in your child’s neck, jaw muscles, head, and face. Some kids have problems chewing or biting and may hear popping sounds when they open and close their mouths.

If your child’s jaw is open or locked shut and they’re experiencing TMJ/TMD pain, bring them to Attune Massage Therapy. We provide safe and effective TMJ massages and more affordable exercises than jaw surgery or nightguards that cost thousands of dollars but only last a few months. We can help your child get lasting relief from TMJ disorder and TMD symptoms within 30 minutes. Call us or book an appointment with our pediatric TMJ specialist in Richmond today.

Common Signs and Symptoms of TMD in Children:

When kids develop TMJ disorders, they will exhibit the same symptom as adults. Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ/D in children are:

  • Pain in their facial muscles, jaw joints, or in front of their ears, even while resting the jaw.
  • Pain in their neck and shoulders.
  • Pain when they talk, chew, or yawn.
  • Jaw clenching/muscle spasms near their jaw.
  • Popping, clicking, or grating sounds when opening or closing their mouth.
  • Difficulty chewing gum or biting.
  • Headaches, dizziness, ear pain, hearing loss, and ringing in their ears (tinnitus).
  • Jaw locking.
  • Teeth grinding the teeth (due to stress and trauma to the jaw).

How We Treat TMJ Disorders in Children

 

Jana helps empower children and their parents/guardians by providing posture correction exercises and self-massage techniques to help relieve the pain on their own at home between TMJ massage appointments. Your child will experience same-day relief from TMD/J symptoms with extra and intra-oral soft tissue massage, joint mobilization of the neck and TMJ to improve joint mobility, postural re-training to relieve muscle tension, as well as stress management techniques.

At Attune Massage Therapy in Richmond, we follow a holistic approach to TMJ treatment. We help you understand your child’s diagnosis and how to manage pain and other symptoms of temporomandibular disorders. We help improve your child’s joint alignment and muscular balance to optimize function through postural re-training. We use therapeutic exercises to help strengthen weak muscles and stabilize your child’s joints. If your child is experiencing muscular imbalances and painful craniofacial, jaw, and cervical muscles, we use manual therapy to address these issues. TMJ mobilization is our other treatment, and we use it to optimize your child’s joint mobility and mechanics. Sometimes, behavior modification is necessary to curb recurrences. We use it to raise awareness and control your child’s habits and diet if need be.

I am so very grateful that our dentist recommended Jana for jaw pain. I have been dealing with headaches for years and had no idea it is likely due to clenching my jaw! But Jana knew…and she is not only great at what she does but a lovely person and very responsive and professional. I feel like I’m in good hands with her and think that I might finally be on the road to relief and recovery because of her help! – Casey Hutcherson

A TMJ Massage For Your Child Can Help Them Get Relief Today!

Your Child will experience same day relief from TMD/J symptoms with extra and intra-oral soft tissue massage, joint mobilization of the neck and TMJ to improve joint mobility, postural re-training to relieve muscle tension, as well as stress management techniques.

I had my first appointment with Jana this week and I can tell she has a real passion for helping others feel the best they can. She knew right where my trouble spots were and helped so much with my TMJ in just one visit. I will definitely be going back! – Lauren Memmer

How Jana Helps:

Jana helps empower children and their parents/guardians by providing them with exercises and self-massage techniques to help relieve the pain on their own at home in between TMJ massage appointments. She also help them understand their diagnosis and learn how to manage their symptoms.

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Education to help you understand your child’s diagnosis and learn how to manage their symptoms.

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Postural training to help improve your child’s joint alignment and muscular balance in order to optimize function.

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Therapeutic exercises to help strengthen weak muscles and provide stability for your child’s joints.

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Manual therapy where advanced techniques are used to address any muscular imbalances, and target painful craniofacial, jaw, and cervical muscles.

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TMJ mobilizations to optimize your child’s joint mobility and mechanics.

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Behavior modification to help prevent recurrences by increasing awareness, controlling your child’s habits, and modifying your child’s diet, if necessary.

Meet Jana, the Pediatric TMJ Specialist.

Jana Henderson

Jana Powell

Jana is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and Medical Massage Practitioner (MMP). She uses her experience and knowledge to relieve patients of their TMD symptoms. She will naturally place your disc back into its correct position and take you through exercises to keep it in place, so you won’t have to undergo painful and costly surgery to remedy your TMD/TMJ symptoms. As a mother, she understands parents’ agony and is keen to help patients with TMJ issues get back to normal life. You can book a 30 minutes session where she’ll focus on a specific area or an hour-long TMJ massage therapy session that addresses issues like leg pain or back pain. Sometimes, patients go for multiple sessions depending on their TMJ disorder symptoms.

If your pediatric dentist recommends you to Attune Massage Therapy, call (804) 901-2952 or fill out the online contact form to schedule your massage session with Jana.

Child Suffering from TMJ Disorder? Contact Our TMJ Specialist today!

TMJ is a complex disorder with several causes and requires multiple treatments like physical therapy and chiropractic exercises to overcome. When used properly, natural remedies and therapies eliminate the need for surgical intervention. Attune Massage Therapy is a leader in Richmond Massage Therapy. We go beyond usual traditional relaxation massage techniques. We combine deep massage and posture correction exercises to alleviate TMJ symptoms. You’re not just visiting any TMJ clinic when you come to Attune Massage Therapy. You’re in the safe hands of Jana, a TMJ massage therapist who is knowledgeable, skilled, and results-driven. Jana, the lead therapist, knows a great deal about TMJ, is gentle and uses effective treatment methods on your child’s TMJ disorder.

Whether you come for a 30-minute session or book an hour-long massage, we are sure you will lasting relief for chronic pain and TMJ symptoms. Her massage treatments work to alleviate the pain affecting kids and help correct the issue. Call (804) 901-2952 or book your appointment online today.

I have had TMJ troubles for quite some time. For the first time, in a long time, I can open my mouth without any tension kickback or locking up. – Alison Hord

Special Pediatric Pricing:

60 Dollars

30 Minute Pediatric TMJ Massage:

This is recommended when you want focus on one specific area like the TMJ.

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Or call — (804) 901-2952


Featured on Virginia This Morning:

Jana Powell recently sat down with Jessica Noll from Virginia This Morning to talk about TMD.

TMJ Massage Reviews:

Tim Ryan
Tim Ryan
2022.02.25.
Verified
Jana is the best! She has really helped me with my left shoulder rotator cuff issues. Pain made me seek her out, and my level of pain has lessened considerably. I will continue to see her just to make sure we put this problem to rest. Thanks Jana!
Carl Kesner
Carl Kesner
2022.02.25.
Verified
Jana is terrific. Very friendly, knowledgeable and patient. Jana does excellent work and I highly recommended her and Attune Massage Therapy. Really helped with my TMJ issues.
Robyn Ryan
Robyn Ryan
2022.02.25.
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Jana's targeted treatment of the stiffness and "blocks" of my TMJ related symptoms blew me away! Range of motion of both my jaw and neck were greatly improved after the first session! I am so encouraged my long-term issues are finally being directly addressed. Thank you Jana for your passion and skill to help and heal!
Marquez Norford
Marquez Norford
2022.02.12.
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We took Jana's virtual couples massage class and loved it! She explained everything thoroughly and catered the class to our needs. She was friendly, personable, and encouraging. Great date idea!
Jacquelyn Waters
Jacquelyn Waters
2022.02.11.
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Jana was amazing! From her immediate communication, outline of expectation of services provided, all the way through the appointment where she LISTENED to what I felt was going on with my body and responded accordingly. Strongly recommend!
Dana Kelly
Dana Kelly
2022.02.03.
Verified
Jana has truly been a miracle worker. I have been having neck pain sporadically for 15 years and I can honestly say after seeing her is the only time I have seen lasting relief. As much of a great of a massage therapist she is, she is an even better person. I can’t recommend her enough!
Lindsey Tate
Lindsey Tate
2022.01.27.
Verified
I’ve had such a wonderful experience at Attune Massage Therapy. Working with Jana has changed the way I check in with my body and manage my stress. Jana is a great therapist and has a wealth of knowledge in her field. She’s one of a kind and takes her work seriously, especially when it comes to the health and success of her clients. If you have any jaw, neck, nerved pain she is the one to see!
janice barber
janice barber
2022.01.27.
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My first appointment this afternoon.. Christmas gift.. first time massage with medical massage therapist.. she found some trigger points that needed attention. Will definitely recommend.
Heather Rogers
Heather Rogers
2022.01.23.
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My hEDS has caused major TMJ and tension headache issues. I just had my first session with medical massage therapist Jana Henderson at Attune Massage! She is located on Bremo road. Her specialty is TMJ work!! She’s the only one around the area I have found that is actually certified. She understands the way hEDS muscles work and oh my goodness it was amazing!!!! Not only did she do manipulation inside my mouth on my jaw, but she relieved every bit of tension and adhesions at the base of my skull/top of my neck. All the crackling is gone! She also educated me on stretches and things I can do on my own. I’m a bit sore now, will be drinking tons of water but wow!!! First pain relief in over 8 days straight!
Tonia Blanchet
Tonia Blanchet
2022.01.23.
Verified
After suffering from TMJ pain most of my adult life, I finally made an appointment to see Jana at my dentist’s recommendation. All I can say is I wish I hadn’t waited so long. I feel like a new person after just two sessions. I could not recommend more!

About TMJ / TMD:

TMJ disorders are medical problems related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the joint that connects your lower jaw to your temporal bone.

TMJ disorders (also called temporomandibular disorders, or TMD) can cause pain in your child’s head, neck, jaw, or face. They may also experience problems with chewing or biting and hear popping or clicking sounds when they open and close their mouth. TMD can also be the cause of your child’s jaw locking open or shut.

Child Not Eating Apple Because of TMD

Signs and Symptoms of TMD in Children:

Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ/D in children are:

  • Pain in their facial muscles, jaw joints, or in front of their ears, even while resting the jaw.
  • Pain in their neck and shoulders.
    Pain when they talk, chew, or yawn.
  • Muscle spasms near their jaw.
  • Popping, clicking, or grating sounds when opening or closing their mouth.
  • Difficulty chewing or biting.
  • Headaches, dizziness, ear pain, hearing loss, and ringing in their ears (tinnitus).
  • Grinding the teeth (can also stem from stress and trauma to the jaw).
Child Experiencing TMJ-TMD Symptoms at Home

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