MASSETER MUSCLE - The chewing muscle


Chewing muscles play a significant role in maintaining the youth of the face. The chewing muscles make up the skeleton of the mandible.

They start on the bones of the skull (zygomatic bone) and end at the mandible's corner, providing muscular attachment of the lower, movable jaw from the upper jaw.

Chewing muscles are divided into- surface (chewing and temporal)- deep (lateral and medial pterygoid muscles)

The group of masticatory muscles is involved in all processes of movement of the lower jaw. Constant excessive work in these muscles causes the formation of spasms over time, which deprive your beautiful angle of youth facial contours, cause the appearance of nasolabial folds, sagging and face asymmetry, etc.

The task of the chewing muscles is not limited to the task of chewing - they are actively involved in our psycho-emotional life.

You can observe muscle contraction and relaxation when a person becomes angry and automatically squeezes and relaxes the jaw.

Often these muscles are in hypertonia. Chewing muscle hypertonicity - the reaction of the chewing muscles to prolonged functional overload associated with changes in the conduction of nerve impulses in muscle fibers. Muscle relief becomes noticeable when chewing, and when the chewing muscles tighten, a person “clenches his teeth.” Latent anger, aggression, and discontent lead to chronic spasms of the jaws. General mental stress (anger, resentment, pain, impotence, irritability) "settle" right here, hypertonia occurs. Because of this reason, the place of attachment of the lower jaw to the upper jaw (with the help of the masticatory muscles) becomes the “weak link” and one of the reasons for the aging of the face.

Joy, laughter, smile, pleasure, love - relieve tension, relaxing the jaws.

Hypertonia of the masticatory muscles is accompanied by increased muscle activity, which leads to an abnormality of the bite, as muscles can contribute to the development of bruxism (gnashing of teeth), a symptom of clenched jaws, abrasion, and cracking of teeth, the development of pain syndrome of masticatory muscles. This issue may prevent a person from opening their mouth for a couple of centimeters.

✅ Tension and spasm of the chewing muscles lead to its painfulness at palpation, which already speaks about the formation of trigger points, with powerful, painful touches.

✅Test: palpate the entire masticatory muscle on the open mouth. Identify the pain. If there are such symptoms of pain, then it is already possible the features of the face have age-related deformities. As chewing muscle affects the position of the lower jaw and the lower jaw when pressed forms nasolabial folds and overhangs at the mouth.

Working with the chewing muscles takes time and long work; the technique aims to remove spasms: work with clamping the mandible, massage, working on the points to relax the chewing muscles, also used botulinum toxin (but I do not recommend using it because of not always controlled effects on the body)It is necessary to engage in chewing muscles! Relax them and relieve cramps.