Top 9 ways to beat TMJ pain

%Santa Clarita Chiropractor %Chiropractic Care VanNoticing your jaw feeling a bit sore lately–especially after going to the dentist? Maybe you suffer from TMJ–here are some great exercises that will reduce and/or eliminate the pain, provided by our friends at Healthline.

Understanding TMJ

You may not think about your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) much, but you use them a lot. The joints connect your jawbone to your skull. Your TMJ springs into action each time you talk, chew, and swallow.

TMJ disorders occur when something goes wrong with your jaw joints and jaw muscles. Oftentimes, this happens because of a jaw injury, inflammation such as with arthritis, or overuse.

TMJ disorders may cause mild to debilitating symptoms, such as:

  • pain while chewing
  • pain in the ear, face, jaw, and neck
  • clicking, grating, or popping sounds in the jaw when you open or close your mouth
  • locking of the jaw joint
  • headaches

Understanding TMJ

You may not think about your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) much, but you use them a lot. The joints connect your jawbone to your skull. Your TMJ springs into action each time you talk, chew, and swallow.

TMJ disorders occur when something goes wrong with your jaw joints and may cause mild to debilitating symptoms, such 

Take a look at some exercises you can do to reduce the pain caused by TMJ issues, provided by healthline:

https://www.healthline.com/health/tmj-exercises

Some other methods of treating TMJ pain

  • Massage therapy
  • Physical exercise of the area surrounding TMJ 
  • Avoid motions or activities that cause pain in the TMJ
  • Practice good posture
  • Apply heat to jaw muscles
  • Use ice to reduce pain in the jaw 
  • Relax jaw muscles by massaging jaw
  • Get physical activity
  • Use over-the-counter medications to reduce inflammation
  • Take muscle relaxants
  • Try taking tricyclic antidepressants, in low dosages
  • Try corticosteroids to reduce severe inflammation
  • Get an occlusal splint to prevent teeth grinding and clenching
  • Get trigger point injections
  • Try low-level laser therapy
  • Have crowns and bridges put on to correct and adjust your bite
  • Look into osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) to relax your jaw muscles and ligaments
  • Try TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)

As you can see, there are a lot of ways to eliminate the pain and discomfort of TMJ issues.

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