Therapies for Treating TMJ Disorder
Today, there are many people experiencing Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ disorder which is a chronic ailment. 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. The TMJ is a part of our body that is used constantly.
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. The disk then distributes the pressure and spreads it to contact points. You use your TMJ a lot each day when you eat and chew food. TMJ is being used when we are talking or yawning. Of all the joints in the body, this is the one that is most used.
If you experience headaches, migraines, earaches, neck pain, and clicking or popping sound when you open or close your mouth, then you are experience symptoms of TMJ disorder. Other symptoms of this disorder can be felt on the head and neck. IF your jaw shifts to one side when you open your mouth, then you are having a severe case of TMJ disorder. Your jaw will be lopsided and will be painful.
Surgery is recommended by some doctors in order to treat TMJ disorder. However, surgery can be painful and expensive. Physical conditions can be treated with therapy and so since TMJ disorder is a physical condition, then it follows that it can be treated with therapy. Before even going to surgery, you should check out all your options for TMJ therapy. Recovery after surgery will affect your ability to eat and speak.
When you grind your teeth or clench your jaws while asleep, it could cause this disorder. This habit is usually causes be stress, tension, or anxiety. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching will surely undo the benefits of TMJ therapy if your stress is not treated first.
What then is the best way to treat TMJ disorder? It is important to deal with your stress first. There are many ways in doing this. Some ways that you can do to help your stress is by doing yoga breathing exercises, listening to relaxing music, looking for people with the same disorder and talking to them, going to a psychologist for therapy sessions, taking walks in the park and reducing the 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. Your aim is to have your joints have a normal range of motions which can be done with exercises that reduce swelling and that stretch the muscles. You should also de exercises that repair and strengthen the muscles around the joint so there is less chance for the problem to return.