James Holzer, LMP
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Specializing in Strain CounterStain
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When it comes to treating TMJ dysfunction (TMJD or TMD), the American Dental Association, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and the TMJ Association (TMJ.org) all recommend using conservative, non-invasive, and reversible treatments first. Even when TMJ disorders persist, most patients still do not need aggressive treatments.

TMJ massage can help and even eliminate common symptoms of TMD, including pain with opening and closing, clicking and popping of the TMJ, headaches, clenching and grinding, ear pain and fullness, neck pain and stiffness.

Even if you already have a nighttime splint or bite guard from your dentist, TMJ massage can be very useful to release the triggerpoints in the jaw muscles to further relieve pain and discomfort, and to restore balance and function to the TMJ.

I have successfully treated many clients with TMJ dysfunction, most finding significant reduction in symptoms after 3-4 sessions, with many of these clients experience some relief after the first treatment.


  My Qualifications:
  • I have been treating TMJ dysfunction for four years as a Massage Therapist.
  • Licensed with the state of Washington to perform intraoral massage. (very important)
  • Certified in Orthopedic Massage through the Port Townsend School of Massage.
  • I am also a Registered Dental Assistant

  Other Continuing Education:

  • “Assessment and treatment of the TMJ for massage professionals”
  • by Mary Atkinson, LMP
  • “Diagnosis and Treatment of TMD for the Dental Professional”
  •  by Brock Rondeau, DDS
  • “Strain Counterstrain for Cranial and TMJ Dysfunction” by The Jones Institute
  • “Strain Counterstrain for the Spine (Neck and Back Pain)” by The Jones Institute
  • “Strain Counterstrain for the Extremities” by The Jones Institute