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TMJ a Pain in the........Jaw!!

TMJ a Pain in the........Jaw
It is uncertain what causes Temporomandibular Joint syndrome (more commonly known as TMJ). Studies suggest it could stem from the misalignment of teeth or bite, weakness in the muscles or ligaments, or malformation of bone or ligament.
Information on  body mechanics say it is caused by high heels andand a lack of HCL.
Whatever the cause, listed are symptoms associated with it and suggestions on how to alleviate some of the pain and discomfort.
SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO ALLEVIATE THE PAIN OF TMJ:
  1. Warm compresses to jaw.
  2. Support Jaw. sold in sporting goods stores are mouth guards that soften when dipped in hot water. Find correct bite and form around teeth. Some wear to bed at night.
  3. Eat food that needs less chewing (limit gum)
  4. Massage jaw at intervals during the day.
  5. Don't use pillows to sleep. Put a towel about the thickness of the wrist under dips of neck and back and a pillow under your knees. Avoid sleeping on your side.
  6. Hold jaw when yawning to restrict spread of mouth.
  7. Don't prop your head at a sharp angle when lying on your back.
  8. Don't prop chin with hand.
  9. Don't carry heavy purse on shoulder.
  10. Don't wear high heels. Misalignment in one part of the body can put stress on every part of the body.
  11. Don't hold phone between chin and shoulder.
  12. Stop night grinding of teeth. Usually bruxism (grinding of teeth) is caused by unreleased stress. Following are some home remedies that might help stop the grinding:
    • Keep jaw in resting position when awake. (teeth should only touch when you are chewing or swallowing.
    • Tire out your jaw by eating raw vegetables or fruits before going to bed to help satisfy the urge to grind.
    • Apply heat to jaw, this may relax the muscles.
    • Valerian roothas been used historically for relaxing before bed.
    • Cut out the caffeine.
 
Minerals ,especially Calcium (possibly mega-doses), should be considered.
 
Understanding TMJ
 
 
To understand TMJ, it's helpful to know a little bit about the joint itself. The Tempro-Mandibular Joint has two main components:
 
 
1.
The major muscle group. The major muscles involving the TMJ are the masseter and the temporalis. When these large muscles are in spasm, the patient is often unable to open their mouth, and is sometimes in excruciating pain. This can lead to neck pain, dizziness and many other related symptoms.
 
 
 
 
 
 
2.
The minor muscles.
 
   A closer look at the joint itself reveals various ligaments, smaller muscle groups and a piece of cartilage known as the meniscus. It is this meniscus, which normally acts as a buffer between the jaw and the skull, that gets damaged during TMJ difficulties. The click or pop that patients hear when they open their mouths wide is due to an injury to this cartilage.
 
 

1 Comment to TMJ a Pain in the........Jaw!!:

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Supple on Thursday, April 26, 2012 11:34 PM
great of sharing .. such a vast information and you make your reader purely speechless ! you have cover everything regarding jaw pain , not even a single question remains answer ., superb work !
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