TMJ is a condition that is caused by teeth clenching and/or grinding. Quite often dentists recommend mouth guards to help people at night but that doesn't address that core issue of clenching or grinding, which is typically caused by life stressors and the grinding or clenching is a physical manifestation of that stress.
TMJ is what you have when you have sore, achy jaws that inhibit your ability to eat or speak as it hurts to open your jaw. It can also cause teeth sensitivity and dental issues as you literally grind down the enamel on your teeth, leaving them vulnerable to attack from oral bacteria. TMJ specific massage can help release the tension in the jaw, allowing you to open your mouth fully with less or no pain. Massage also helps relieve stress, which then calms your mind when you sleep which results in less of a subsconsious need to grind. I have had several very good results with clients who stated that their jaws stopped hurting and were much more mobile after I worked on them. I also give clients several ideas for exercises, stretches and relaxtion ideas for them to do at home in between sessions which helps manage their stress and lower their frequency of teeth grinding.
As for sciatica, what I have found over the almost 4 years of working at a Chiropractor Office is that, in many cases, sciatica like pain is a result of tight glutes, hips and IT bands. Once these muscles are loosened up, the pain frequently disappears. It also tends to happen in people who work at desks for long hours of the day. I have developed a system of relaxing these muscles that has resulted in vast improvements for my clients. If you are interseted in either of these, please see my Services page and book either the 30 min TMJ or 30 Min Sciatica sessions to see if I can help you.
Kat is a LMT in AZ with close to a half decade of experience. She likes to talk to ppl about their health, make them feel better and get them to realize they have so much power to control their own health. Snarky yet informative, that's Kat in a nutshell. She's also available for personalized, targeted therapeutic massages, please see the scheduling page if you live in the Phoenix AZ area.