Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine

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Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine

2012, vol. 21, nr 5, September-October, p. 681–685

Publication type: review article

Language: English

Massage Therapy in Myofascial TMD Pain Management

Masaż w terapii bólu mięśniowo-powięziowego w zaburzeniach czynnościowych układu stomatognatycznego

Marta Miernik1,A,B,C,D, Mieszko Więckiewicz2,B, Anna Paradowska3,B, Włodzimierz Więckiewicz1,E,F

1 Department of Prosthetic Dentistry, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland

2 Division of Dental Materials, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland

3 Division of Dentofacial Anomalies, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland


Myofascial pain located in the area of the head is a very common disease of the stomatognathic system. The fact that the mechanism of its development is very complex may cause a variety of problems in diagnosis and therapy. Patients diagnosed with this type of affliction usually need a variety of different therapies. Massage therapy can be a significant method of treatment of myofascial pain. That kind of therapy is clinically useful as it improves the subjective and objective health status of the patient and is easy to follow. The aim of this paper is to show the physiological effect and different massage techniques applied in myofascial pain treatment. The authors would also like to present the protocol for dealing with patients who demand that kind of therapy for masseter and temporal muscles.


Ból mięśniowo-powięziowy umiejscowiony w okolicy głowy jest często występującą jednostką chorobową układu stomatognatycznego. Ze względu na jego złożony mechanizm powstawania stwarza wiele trudności diagnostycznych i terapeutycznych. Pacjenci, u których rozpozna się tego typu schorzenie często wymagają terapii wielospecjalistycznej. Jedną ze stosowanych metod leczenia bólu mięśniowo-powięziowego jest masaż. Terapia ta poprawia subiektywny i obiektywny stan zdrowia pacjenta. Celem pracy jest przedstawienie fizjologicznego efektu oraz technik masażu stosowanych w leczeniu bólu mięśniowo-powięziowego. Autorzy chcieliby również zaprezentować protokół postępowania w przypadku pacjentów wymagających tego rodzaju terapii dla mięśni żwaczy oraz skroniowych.

Key words

massage therapy, myofascial pain, temporomandibular disorders

Słowa kluczowe

masaż, ból mięśniowo-powięziowy, zaburzenia czynnościowe układu stomatognatycznego

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