Therapies for Treating TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder or Temporomandibular disorder is a chronic ailment that a lot of people are suffering from. 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. Our TMJ is a part of our body or our heads that are used a lot.
Between the jaw bone and your skull, there is a disk similar to that of your backbone. Every time you chew, there is pressure applied to your TMJ. There are contact points where the disk distributes the pressure on the TMJ. You use your TMJ a lot each day when you eat and chew food. TMJ is being used when we are talking or yawning. This is one of the most used joints in your body.
The symptoms that many people who have TMJ disorder complain about are headaches, migraines, earaches, toothaches, neck pain, and clicking or popping sounds when the mouth is opened or closed. There are many other symptoms felt centered on the head and the neck. IF your jaw shifts to one side when you open your mouth, then you are having a severe case of TMJ disorder. There is pain when this happens.
Many doctors recommend surgery to correct the problem. The pain and expense experienced with surgery makes it an option that most people would not want to take. 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. You should do everything possible and explore all options for TMJ therapy before going to surgery. Your ability to speak and eat will surely be affected during recovery from surgery.
One of the main causes of this disorder is when you grind your teeth or clench your jaw while you are sleeping. It is the people who are experiencing stress, anxiety, and tension that grind their teeth or clench their jaws while sleeping. If you really want to benefit from your TMJ therapy or treatment, then you should first treat your stress so that you prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching in your sleep which will definitely hinder the treatment.
What then is the best way to treat TMJ disorder? The first thing you need to do is to deal with your stress and reduce it. You can find many ways to deal with your stress. 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.
And, while you are treating your stress, then you can start your TMJ therapy with exercises to help alleviate the symptoms. There are specific guidelines to physical therapy that their exercises are focusing on. You should do exercises that reduce swelling and stretch the muscles so that the joints will have a more normal range of motion. Your goals if to strengthen and repair the muscles around the joint so that it won’t happen again.