TMJ can be difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat. People often suffer for years, trying one remedy after another, without finding permanent relief. Standard medical treatment usually has little to offer.
What is TMJ?
TMJ refers to problems with the temporomandibular joint, the jaw and muscles in the fact that control moving the jaw and chewing. Damage to the joint or improper alignment causes jaw pain, ear aches, problems chewing and aching in the lower half of the face.
The cause is frequently unknown, although grinding the teeth, an abnormal bite or crooked teeth are often believed to be the cause. Other possibilities are arthritis, stress or fibromyalgia. Some people hear a clicking or popping sound when their jaw moves. Lack of sleep leads to depression and anxiety for many. The condition is often diagnosed during a routine dental examination which revealed ground down teeth or even stress fractures.
What Treatments are Available?
The first treatment many people try is a mouth guard. It is hoped that wearing this expensive device will prevent tooth grinding while sleeping, curing the problem. It seldom seems to work as hoped.
Muscle relaxants and over-the-counter pain medications are recommended to many patients. These offer temporary relief, but are not a cure.
Some have tried low-level laser therapy. This reduced pain and increased range of motion for some, but if the underlying cause is not addressed, the problem will come back.
Most people with TMJ want to learn how to cure TMJ at home, especially when conventional treatments have failed them. There are some steps that can be taken to help the condition.
Either hot or cold packs held to the face help with the pain. Cold numbs the nerves and works better for sharp pains. Heat is good for dull, constant aches.
Certain jaw and mouth massage techniques are good for reducing muscle tension and alleviating discomfort.
Remain as straight as possible, whether seated in a chair, driving or working at a desk.
“TMJ No More” is a program designed by a long-time TMJ sufferer, Sandra Carter, who utilized her experience with medical research, nutrition, therapy and health to find a solution for her problem. She developed a holistic approach which has helped many to cure themselves of TMJ. Find out if a cure is possible for you. Just imagine life without TMJ!