You are in the accessibility menu

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
The effect of manual therapy on masseter muscle pain and spasm
  • Universidade Estadual do Centro Oeste (UNICENTRO)
  • Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
  • Universidade Nove de Julho (UNINOVE)
Introduction: Orofacial pain and pain in the muscles of mastication are frequent symptoms of temporomandibular disorder. The masseter is the closet masticatory muscle to the surface and has the function of raising and retracting the mandible. This muscle has considerable strength and is one of the main muscles involved in the shredding of food It is therefore of utmost importance in the masticatory cycle and generally the most affected by pain and spasms. Objectives: The aim of the present study was to analyze the effect of manual therapy with transversal and circular movements on pain and spasm in the masseter muscle, using electromyography and a visual analogue pain scale (VAPS). Eight women who experienced pain upon palpation of the masseter greater than 6 on the VAPS were selected for participation in the study, which employed electromyography and a VAPS for assessment, followed by manual oral physiotherapy and reevaluation. Results: The statistical analysis revealed a reduction in pain, but there was no significant difference in electromyographic activity (p < 0.05). Conclusion: It was concluded that massage therapy was effective on pain symptoms, but was not capable of altering the electrical activity of the masseter muscle.
Issue Date: 
Electromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology, v. 50, n. 2, p. 107-112, 2010.
Time Duration: 
  • Electromyography
  • Manipulative physiotherapy
  • Masseter
  • adult
  • clinical trial
  • controlled clinical trial
  • controlled study
  • electromyography
  • female
  • human
  • manipulative medicine
  • massage
  • masseter muscle
  • mouth
  • movement (physiology)
  • muscle spasm
  • myalgia
  • palpation
  • physiotherapy
  • visual analog scale
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Massage
  • Masseter Muscle
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain
  • Pain Measurement
  • Prospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Trismus
  • Young Adult
Access Rights: 
Acesso restrito
Appears in Collections:Artigos, TCCs, Teses e Dissertações da Unesp

There are no files associated with this item.

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.