How to Treat TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder or Temporomandibular disorder is a chronic ailment that a lot of people are suffering from. The TMJ is the joint between the jaw bone and the skull and disorder on this part of the body is responsible for symptoms that we can feel in our bodies. We use out TMJs a lot daily.
Just like the disc on your backbone, there is also a disc between the jaw bone and the skull. Pressure is applied to your TMJ every time you chew. There are contact points where the disk distributes the pressure on the TMJ. The simple tasks of eating and chewing food makes use of your TMJ a lot every day. TMJ is being used when we are talking or yawning. IF there is any joint that is most used in the body, it is the TMJ.
The symptoms that many people who have TMJ disorder complain about are headaches, migraines, earaches, toothaches, neck pain, and clicking or popping sounds when the mouth is opened or closed. Other symptoms of this disorder can be felt on the head and neck. IF your jaw shifts to one side when you open your mouth, then you are having a severe case of TMJ disorder. Your jaw will be lopsided and will be painful.
Some doctors will recommend treating your TMJ disorder with surgery. The problem with surgery is that it is painful and will cost much. Physical conditions can be treated with therapy and so since TMJ disorder is a physical condition, then it follows that it can be treated with therapy. You should do everything possible and explore all options for TMJ therapy before going to surgery. Recovery after surgery will affect your ability to eat and speak.
There are people who grind their teeth and clench their haws while asleep, and this is what causes TMJ disorder. It is the people who are experiencing stress, anxiety, and tension that grind their teeth or clench their jaws while sleeping. If you really want to benefit from your TMJ therapy or treatment, then you should first treat your stress so that you prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching in your sleep which will definitely hinder the treatment.
When is the best treatment for TMJ disorder then? First is that you need to figure out how to reduce stress. You can do this in many ways. You can do many things to lessen your stress like practicing yoga breathing exercises, listening to soothing music, talking to others with the same condition, therapy sessions with a psychologist, taking walks in the park, and reducing your to-do list.
And, while you are treating your stress, you can begin treating your TMJ symptoms with exercises designed for TMJ therapy. Therapy exercises focus on things based on specific guidelines. Your aim is to have your joints have a normal range of motions which can be done with exercises that reduce swelling and that stretch the muscles. If you don’t want the problem to return, then you should do exercises that repair and strengthen the muscles around the joint.