Who is affected by tinnitus
Tinnitus is a surprising common disorder that affects up to one out of every ten Americans. About a third of people with tinnitus experience excessive ringing in their ears. Tinnitus can cause hearing and balance issues in those who suffer from it for a long time. Tinnitus is more common in people over the age of 40, but it is also becoming more common in younger people.
Although there are no treatments for tinnitus, massage can help to alleviate the symptoms and make tinnitus more bearable. Massage of the neck, ear, and chewing muscles has been shown in studies to significantly enhance tinnitus symptoms.
If you’re looking for a way to relieve your tinnitus symptoms, a massage that focuses on the ears, head, and neck might be just what you need.
Tinnitus is caused by a variety of factors
How Massage Can Help With Tinnitus
Massage can help with tinnitus symptoms in a variety of ways. Massage helps to relieve stress, which may aggravate tinnitus and any underlying conditions. Massage can also help with postural issues that can cause tinnitus.
Tinnitus can be exacerbated by muscle stress. Massage relaxes stressed muscles and corrects misalignments in the neck, head, and jaw, which may put strain on the inner ear.
A patient’s tinnitus symptoms were reversed after 2.5 months of soft tissue massage, repeated movements, and joint mobilisation in one case study.
Tinnitus Massage Techniques and Focus Areas (PIN IT)
There are a few specific points around the ear and neck that can be massaged to alleviate tinnitus symptoms. A helpful manoeuvre is to grab the bottom of the earlobe and pull it out to the side and upwards. This stretching movement can help alleviate ringing in the ears by reducing inner ear fluid accumulation.
The mastoid process, the bony part of the skull immediately behind the ear, is another subject for tinnitus massage. Many of the muscles that surround the ear and neck are connected to the mastoid process. The mastoid process can be massaged with gentle Swedish massage to alleviate tension in the neck and ear muscles, allowing the neck to return to its proper alignment.
The masseter muscle is located at the corner of the jaw bone closest to the earlobe, and it connects the jaw to the skull. The masseter muscle is the body’s strongest muscle in relation to its size, and it can cause misalignment and ringing in the ears if it is too tense. Any massage aimed at alleviating tinnitus would also target the masseter muscle.