Guide to TMJ Treatment
Today, there are many people experiencing Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ disorder which is a chronic ailment. The symptoms that we can feel in our bodies is caused by a disorder in the joint between the jaw bone and the skull which is the TMJ. 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. Your TMJ receives pressure every time your chew. It is the disk that distributes the pressure and spreads it out along the contact points. 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.
Some of the symptoms of TMJ disorder include headaches, migraines, earaches, toothaches, neck pain, and clicking or popping sounds when you open or close your mouth. Other symptoms of this disorder can be felt on the head and neck. A severe case of this disorder is when your haw shifts on one side whenever your open your mouth. This causes it to be lopsided and it quite painful.
Surgery is recommended by some doctors in order to treat TMJ disorder. However, surgery can be painful and expensive. 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.
When you grind your teeth or clench your jaws while asleep, it could cause this disorder. This habit is usually causes be stress, tension, or anxiety. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching will surely undo the benefits of TMJ therapy if your stress is not treated first.
Is there a good way to treat TMJ disorder? First is that you need to figure out how to reduce stress. You can find many ways to deal with your stress. 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, then you can start your TMJ therapy with exercises to help alleviate the symptoms. Therapy exercises focus on things based on specific guidelines. The aim of the exercises is to reduce swelling and stretch the muscles so that the joints will have a normal range of motion. You should also de exercises that repair and strengthen the muscles around the joint so there is less chance for the problem to return.