Massage therapy may offer some relief for people with temporomandibular joint desorder (a condition commonly referred to as TMJ syndrome or TMJ). Marked by pain and stiffness in the jaw, face, and neck, TMJ affects the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to the side of your skull. By using massage on the muscles surrounding the temporomandibular joint, TMJ patients may be able to lessen pain and ease TMJ symptoms.People can experience symptoms as far away as their fingers and low back. But these connections aren’t one-way, either. Problems elsewhere in the body can contribute to the development of TMJ. Now a new study highlights this link, showing that people who have chronic low back pain are more likely to develop TMJ than people without back pain. This connection can help us understand the powerful links between TMJ and other chronic pain conditions.