Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) emedicinehealth.com
“… is pain in the jaw joint that can be caused by a variety of medical problems. The TMJ connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull (temporal bone) in front of the ear. Certain facial muscles that control chewing are also attached to the lower jaw. Problems in this area can cause head and neck pain, facial pain, ear pain, headaches, a jaw that is locked in position or difficult to open, problems with biting, and jaw clicking or popping sounds when you bite. Temporomandibular joint syndrome is also referred to as temporomandibular joint disorder. Overall, more women than men have TMJ syndrome…”
TMJ Disorders nidcr.nih.gov
What causes TMJ disorders?
“..Trauma to the jaw or temporomandibular joint plays a role in some TMJ disorders. But for most jaw joint and muscle problems, scientists don’t know the causes. Because the condition is more common in women than in men, scientists are exploring a possible link between female hormones and TMJ disorders. ..”
TMJ Disorder Prevention empowher.com
“.. Ask your dentist if you need a night guard for grinding and clenching of the teeth.
Try to limit jaw movements. Learn to relax your jaw. Block a yawn by putting your fist under your chin.
Avoid extensive movements of the jaw.
Don’t chew gum.
Learn relaxation techniques. Develop effective ways to cope with stress…”
Sal: My dentist recommended me to wear a night guard before going to bed, which I try to do every night. I’ll post a pic soon…stay tune!
“..Published on Sep 22, 2014
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HELP YOURSELF FIRST – REMEMBER LESS IS BEST! | TMJ.org
“..Often jaw problems resolve on their own in several weeks to months. If you have recently experienced TMJ pain and/or dysfunction, you may find relief with some or all of the following therapies.
Moist Heat. Moist heat from a heat pack or a hot water bottle wrapped in a warm, moist towel can improve function and reduce pain. Be careful to avoid burning yourself when using heat.
Ice. Ice packs can decrease inflammation and also numb pain and promote healing. Do not place an ice pack directly on your skin. Keep the pack wrapped in a clean cloth while you are using it. Do not use an ice pack for more than 10 – 15 minutes.
Soft Diet. Soft or blended foods allow the jaw to rest temporarily. Remember to avoid hard, crunchy, and chewy foods. Do not stretch your mouth to accommodate such foods as corn on the cob, apples, or whole fruits.
Jaw Exercises. Slow, gentle jaw exercises may help increase jaw mobility and healing. Your health care provider or a physical therapist can evaluate your condition and suggest appropriate exercises based on your individual needs. A recent study found therapeutic jaw exercises bring earlier recovery of jaw function compared to splints! Click here to read the specific jaw exercises used in this study.
Relaxation Techniques. Relaxation and guided imagery can be helpful in dealing with the pain that accompanies TMJ dysfunction. Deep, slow breathing enhances relaxation and modulates pain sensations. Some have found yoga, massage, and meditation helpful in reducing stress and aiding relaxation.
*see Good and bad on “meditation”? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com
“Side Sleeping. Sleep on your side using pillow support between shoulder and neck.
Relax Facial Muscles. Make a concerted effort to relax your lips, and keep teeth apart.
Yawning. Use your fist to support your chin as you yawn to prevent damage to the joint and prevent your jaw from locking open.
21 Home Remedies Exercises and Natural Cures for TMJ Treatment home-cure.net
“…3) Changes in Eating Habits to remove nutritional deficiencies that aggravate TMJ
Keep your body hydrated: Dehydration causes muscle cramps in neck, shoulders and mandibular joints. It is therefore very important to keep the body properly hydrated. Not drinking enough water is one of the main causes of TMJ related cramps. Increase water intake to a minimum of 8 glasses (150 ounces) a day or higher. Evenly distribute water intake over the entire day. Intake of excess water in short period of time can cause
hyper hydration or water poisoning A good thumb rule is to drink at least two glasses of water every 2 hours during the day time.
Nutrition plays a vital role in alleviating TMJ pain. In a study conducted on 280 TMJ sufferers, it was found that round 249 had a nutritional deficiency of calcium and magnesium.
Another study conducted by International Dental Association on 50 TMJ sufferer shows that adding calcium and magnesium supplements to food provided relief from TMJ pain to 70% of the participants.
Calcium provides strength to the bones while magnesium relives muscular tension….”
Sal: I try to take this only when I haven’t received enough sunlight (at least 10 minutes) during the day.
“..Plain body massage: Plain body massage with sandalwood, juniper, bergamot, tea tree or other essential oils helps improve blood
circulation and provides relief from pain associated with TMJ..”