What pain and symptoms are associated with the masseter?
- Jaw pain
- Teeth that are sensitive to hot, cold and/or pressure
- Pain under the eye and over the eye (often diagnosed as sinus pain)
- Pain deep in the ear
- Tinnitus or low roaring sounds in one ear
- Deep itching in the ear
Where is the masseter muscle?
The masseter is a facial muscle and lies in front of the ear and connects the upper jaw bone to the bottom jaw bone.
What movements does the masseter muscle control?
- Closes the jaws by drawing up the lower jaw
- Clenches teeth
Activities that cause masseter pain and symptoms:
- Chewing gum
- Biting nails
- Biting something hard
- Forward head posture
- Ill-fitting dentures
Interesting facts about the masseter:
- Trigger points in the masseter muscle can cause pain under the eye and/or above the eye mimicking sinusitis, even prompting sinus drainage. If sinus medication does not ease the pain of sinusitis, then have the masseter checked for trigger points.
- A tight masseter can cause vocal problems for singers and public speakers.
Clinical diagnoses to which the masseter muscle symptoms may contribute:
- Ear Infection
- Temporal mandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)
- Jaw Dislocation
- Abscessed Tooth
- Sensitive Teeth
Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the masseter:
- Contralateral Masseter – masseter muscle on the other side
Satellite Trigger Points: Temporalis, Medial Pterygoids, Contralateral Masseter Muscle
Affected Organ Systems: Digestive System
For Detailed Anatomy Information See: Masseter Anatomy
Self Treatment For Masseter Muscle Pain That Can Contribute To Jaw and Face Pain
The masseter muscle can cause pain in many areas of the head. Many times this pain is due to small knots or bands in the muscle. If you have unresolved pain in the jaw or face area consider purchasing Claire Davies The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief Mr. Davies explain the trigger point phenomenon and muscle pain in everyday language. But what makes this book worth its weight in gold are the individual muscle trigger point treatments that Davies has compiled. His diagrams and step by step instructions help you locate which muscles are contributing to your pain, how to find the trigger point and treat it. He also provides stretching and strengthening exercises for each muscle. It takes time and practice to master finding trigger points, but once you learn you have a tool and method to help relieve muscle pain throughout the body. If you suffer from unresolved jaw pain and TMJ symptoms, I highly recommend this book. Relieving trigger points in the masseter muscle have helped many people resolve jaw, cheek, sinus and other head pain. This book is a must-have for anyone interested in finding the cause and treating muscle pain.