Salivary Gland Massage and Warm Compresses
What are salivary gland massage and warm compresses used for?
1) Management and help in treatment of salivary stones and salivary gland infections.
2) To help stimulate saliva for salivary flow especially in cases of dry mouth.
3) To help relax facial muscles some of which are located closely to our salivary glands. If our facial muscles are tense they can affect the way our salivary glands function and can also impact our facial joints (the TMJ for example), as well as our teeth.
There are 3 major salivary glands:
Each of them have what are called ducts, and they allow for passage of saliva from the glands to the inside of the mouth.
There’s also hundreds of minor(small) salivary glands located in oral tissues; the tongue, roof and floor of the mouth and even lips.
In this video we will focus on 2 major salivary glands the parotid and submandibular.
But first let’s discuss the
1) It helps open up ducts and stimulates blood flow and oxygenation to the area.
2) It’s helpful in clearing obstruction or infection of salivary glands and or ducts.
3) Helps with relaxation of our facial muscles which are located closely to and can affect out salivary glands.
To perform the PAROTID gland massage, take your index and middle fingers and starting at the angle of your lower jawbone apply gentle pressure and slowly move your fingers up along the front of the ear midway and then forward along the cheek in the direction of the corner of the lip.
Preform this massage on both sides at the same time for about 1-2 minutes 2-3 times per day.
For SUBMANDIBULAR gland massage you are going to take the same fingers and apply them to the bottom of the angle of the jawbone and gently apply pressure while slowly mowing the fingers towards the chin.
What are the benefits of warm compresses
1) Similarly, to salivary gland massage, it helps open up ducts and stimulates blood flow and oxygenation to the area.
2) Improves functions of enzymes, and cleansing of acidic waste products from muscles, and helps decrease muscle pain.
First turn on the water in your faucet and make sure that the water is warm and not too hot. It should be between 50-55 degrees Celsius. Take two small towels or cloths, fully wet them in the warm water and fold so you can comfortably hold them in your hands. Wring the towels to remove excess water.
Apply towels to both sides of your cheeks where your parotid glands are, applying gentle pressure. For the submandibular glands apply the warm towels to the area below your jaw.
Apply the compresses for about 5-10 minutes. If the towels lose their warmth you can re-apply warm water to the towels as demonstrated in the beginning of the video. Do these warm compresses 3 times per day if possible.
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