TMJ Do’s and Don’ts

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TMJ Do’s and Don’ts

Understanding Things To Do (And To Avoid) To Help With TMJ Pain Relief

Chiropractors are trained to correct bone misalignments. So, the question is, “How can a chiropractor help me with Temporomandibular Joint(TMJ) problems?”

Chiropractors focus on adjusting the spine, so the muscles will begin to relax. The chiropractor can then focus using specific trigger points to reposition the jaw to relieve pain and to help in preventing future TMJ pain from returning.

“Using the Activator Method and only two visits…I was pain-free…” – Dr. Sun

Trigger points are areas of muscle fibers that are very sensitive and feel like knots causing much pain when pressure is applied. Let’s take a look at some do’s and don’ts of preventing TMJ from happening or returning.

TMJ Do’s

  • Moist Heat – Moist heat from a heat pack or a hot water bottle wrapped in a warm, moist towel can improve function and reduce pain.
  • Ice – Ice packs can decrease inflammation, numb pain, and promote healing. Do not place an ice pack directly on your skin. Keep the pack wrapped in a clean cloth while you are using it. Do not use an ice pack for more than 10-15 mins.
  • Soft Diet – Soft or blended foods allow the jaw to rest temporarily.
  • Jaw Exercises – Slow, gentle jaw exercises may help increase jaw mobility.
  • Relaxation Techniques – Relaxation and guided imagery can help deal with the pain that accompanies TMJ dysfunction. Deep, slow breathing enhances relaxation and modulates pain sensations. Some have found yoga, massage, and meditation helpful in reducing stress and aiding relaxation.
  • Side Sleeping – Sleep on your side using pillow support between shoulder and neck.
  • Relax Facial Muscles – Make a concerted effort to relax your lips, and keep teeth apart.
  • Yawning – Use your fist to support your chin as you yawn to prevent damage to the joint and to prevent your jaw from locking open.

TMJ Don’ts

  • Jaw Clenching
  • Gum Chewing
  • Cradling the Telephone
  • Anesthesia (check with your medical or dental professional first)
  • Long Dental Appointments

With the chiropractic adjustment and treatment options available, there’s simply no need to suffer unnecessarily from TMJ jaw pain.

So, don’t wait any longer to finally get the relief you deserve. Schedule an appointment or give us a call now!  I look forward to helping you get relief from your TMJ pain.

Dr. Sun Hwang, D.C.