Are you experiencing jaw, head, or neck pain? It may be TMJ related…
So, what is TMJ?
TMJ is a joint which is responsible for joining the skull to the lower jaw which is also called temporal bone and located in front of the ear. The joint is responsible for many facial muscles movements from smiling to chewing. When some suffer from the Temporomandibular joint disorder or syndrome then they feel pain in this joint.
Who’s affected by TMJ?
TMJ dysfunction is most common in those 20 to 40 years of age and is more common in women than in men. It may occur in people who have a tooth grinding or jaw clenching habit.
Here’s are 3 tips for self-treating symptoms of TMJ:
- Relax your muscles
Tight and tender muscles are one of the biggest contributors to jaw disorders, toothache, headaches and neck pain.
- Address your posture
Posture while standing, sitting and sleeping can all impact your body’s alignment and hinder pain in many areas including the jaw. Move regularly and try alternative sleeping positions.
- Exercise your jaw
The best way to get rid of the TMJ pain is jaw exercise. We can advise on simple and smooth jaw exercises to get relief from the jaw pain.
Your pain may be due to a combination of factors, such as genetics, arthritis or jaw injury, and problems that can be associated due to TMJ disorder are likely headaches, neck pain, ear pain, and many others.
In most cases, the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders is temporary and can be relieved with self-managed care or nonsurgical treatments, get in touch if you need some help!