Posted on 2/29/2020 by Ankur Johri
|Temporomandibular joint disorders, known as TMD or TMJ disorder, is a condition that comes about when the joints that connect your jaws and the skull don't work properly. It is also commonly referred to as TMJ. People who suffer from TMJ sometimes experience unbearable pain.
TMJ is usually caused by accidents and injuries to the jaws, muscle spasms in the jaw, neck or head, and wearing down of the teeth resulting in a change in the tooth structure. Wearing down of the teeth is mostly caused by too much grinding of the teeth (known as bruxism) which has been linked to stress and anxiety. Managing your stress levels could, therefore, help in reducing the pain from TMJ.
How to Treat TMJ Pain Through Stress Reduction
Stress and anxiety can make you grind your teeth or clench your jaws too tightly and worsen the pain caused by TMJ. Reducing your stress levels could help alleviate the pain and speed up the recovery process for TMJ. Here are stress reduction techniques that could help treat the pain caused by TMJ.
Massages are known to help in relaxing the muscles and ease tension off the body. If you are feeling stressed, a massage session could help you to relax. Jaw massage can also help in relieving the tension of the jaws and alleviate TMJ pain.
If you suffer from chronic anxiety and depression, then your doctor may recommend medication to help you stay relaxed and calm. This can reduce instances when you need to grind your teeth. If you need treatment for bruxism, then you can get in touch with our office. It is not advisable to use home remedies or over-the-counter treatment for chronic anxiety and depression.
Guidance and Counselling
Sometimes, guidance and counseling sessions can help you to manage your stress levels. Such sessions can also help you to understand how you are making the pain worse and what you need to do to stop.
Sometimes, you may also need a change in lifestyle to not only manage your stress levels but also to speed up the recovery process for TMJ. If you have tried these solutions and still have problems with your jaw, we do offer additional treatments that can help, such as botox treatment. If you need recommendations on healthy lifestyle habits that will also improve your oral health, get in touch with our office today.