Guide to TMJ Treatment
TMJ disorder or Temporomandibular disorder is a chronic ailment that a lot of people are suffering from. 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. Our TMJ is a part of our body or our heads that are used a lot.
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. When you are eating and chewing food your TMJ is used a lot. You also use it when you talk and yawn. Of all the joints in the body, this is the one that is most used.
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. Head and neck symptoms can also be felt with TMJ disorder. It is a severe case when the jaw shifts on one side when the mouth is opened. This causes it to be lopsided and it quite painful.
Some doctors will recommend treating your TMJ disorder with surgery. However, surgery can be painful and expensive. Since TMJ disorder is a physical condition, it can be treated successfully with therapy. You should do everything possible and explore all options for TMJ therapy before going to surgery. Your ability to speak and eat will surely be affected during recovery from surgery.
There are people who grind their teeth and clench their haws while asleep, and this is what causes TMJ disorder. This habit is usually causes be stress, tension, or anxiety. If you are going to treat the symptoms of TMJ disorder you will also need to treat your stress since grinding your teeth and clenching your jaws in your sleep will hinder the benefits you have gained through TMJ therapy or treatment.
When is the best treatment for TMJ disorder then? It is important to deal with your stress first. You can find many ways to deal with your stress. You can opt for yoga breathing exercises, listening to relaxing music, talking to others with the same condition, therapy sessions with a psychologist, talking walks in the park and taking off items in your schedule.
So, while de-stressing yourself, you can then do TMJ therapy exercises that will help treat your TMJ symptoms. Physical therapy follow specific guidelines that their exercises focus on. You should do exercises that reduce swelling and stretch the muscles so that the joints will have a more 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.