TMJ Therapy in Columbus OH
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What is TMJ?
TMJ or otherwise known as the temporomandibular joint is located on both your left and right jaw joints. In some cases, patients may experience TMJ syndrome or TMD, also known as a temporomandibular disorder which can affect the function of the jaw joint. Patients who experience this disorder may notice their jaw making a popping or clicking sound when during normal movements like chewing or yawning. This disorder can cause a chain of severe pains that are linked to muscle pain, locking joints, headaches, and much more.
TMJ is a result of tightening jaw muscles but can be treated through TMJ therapy and exercises. We use our mouths for many activities: talking, eating, yawning, laughing. When we are not engaged in these, we need to allow our jaw muscles and joints to relax. Many people have developed habits that do not permit their jaw muscles or joints to relax sufficiently. The TMJ therapy steps listed below will help you learn how to relax these muscles and joints—and reduce the jaw pain you are experiencing.
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Watch Your Habits
Avoid oral habits that put a strain on the jaw muscles and joints. These include, among others, clenching the teeth; grinding the teeth (bruxism); touching or resting the teeth together; biting your cheeks, your lips or objects you put in your mouth; pushing the tongue against the teeth; and tensing the jaw. If you focus on resting your jaw, you will start to feel more relaxed as a whole. If you continue to strain your jaw in one of the situations listed above, you can be sure that your TMJ therapy will fail and the pain will continue.
Avoid sleeping habits that strain your jaw muscles or joints. Don’t sleep on your stomach, and if you sleep on your side, keep your neck and jaw aligned. Doing so will put less stress on jaw muscles, aiding in TMJ therapy.
Don’t Open Wide
Until the pain has been reduced, avoid activities that involve opening the jaw wide—yawning, yelling, prolonged dental treatments, etc. It’s incredibly important to allow your jaw muscles to rest.
Use Medications with TMJ Therapy
Use anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing medications like Aleve (Syntex Laboratories), ibuprofen, Tylenol (McNeil Laboratories), aspirin (without caffeine) and Percogesic (Procter & Gamble) to reduce joint and muscle pain. Avoid medications with caffeine, such as Anacin (Whitehall), Excedrin (Bristol-Myers Squibb Company) or Vanquish (Glenbrook). Talk to your doctor about other medications that could help alleviate your jaw muscle pain.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the TMJ therapy listed above, be sure to call our office for more information. Our trained professionals can answer any questions you may have about our TMJ Treatment. You can give us a call or contact us using our online Contact Form. We understand the struggles of TMJ, and we are willing to help aid you in pain relieving tips. While there is no cure for this syndrome, there are many ways to alleviate the pain associated with it.