Sunday, April 3, 2011

Simple TMJ Pain Relief Techniques

TMJ disorders are very stressful and there are many situations when a patient is willing to die out of starvation than bear the pain that comes with opening the mouth to eat. Actually, some patients get so addicted to painkillers to the point of almost losing their mind in the quest to relieve the headaches associated with TMJ dysfunction. However, it is possible to get TMJ relief, and in several ways.

TMJ pain relief can be addressed through professional care, self-administration, and neuromuscular dentistry. It is important to note that some of these pain relief procedures offer a temporary solution but do nothing on the root source of the problem. Therefore, TMJ disorder may persist.

Self Care Relief:

It involves doing some exercises to relieve the discomfort. Here are the steps.

Using your tongue, reach for the top part of the mouth while opening it as wide as you can. Breathe in slowly for about 10 seconds while still holding the tongue. Relax the tongue to its usual place for a few seconds and repeat the process 10 times.

Another method is acupressure at home. This method is different from acupuncture as it does not involve needles. You will need help from an expert in this field to direct you to your Hegu Point (between the thumb and fore finger) where you will need to apply pressure to ease the discomfort.

Professional Treatment:

There are several Orthodontic procedures that are effective in dealing with TMJ syndrome. A dentist can offer mandible repositioning to correct misaligned jaws through rearranging the bridges and crowns. More so, he or she can prescribe supplements like Magnesium and Calcium to restore proper TMJ muscle functionality.

Neuromuscular Dentistry:

This method tries to deal with the root issue of the problem. This branch of medicine is more concerned with realigning muscles, nerves and tendons that are associated with TMJ to correct the uneven bite responsible for the problem.

There are many other therapeutic approaches towards relieving TMJ disorders, but the best option is to go for a more permanent solution to deal with symptoms and root causes.

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