If an individual is a sufferer of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMJ, there are many, many, others who suffer the same condition so they need not feel alone. It affects a huge group of people, more than many may realize. An expert on TMJ from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine states that one reason for TMJ is clamping or grinding of the teeth due to anxiety. This usually happens while the individual is sleeping. What happens is that the action of grinding exasperates the jaw muscles and frequently the actual jaw joint itself.
Unfortunately, it is not a good position to be in. Subtle to acute pain and discomfort in the face area, and headaches along the jaw line are the result. In addition, sufferers could also hear a clicking sound or a crunching noise when opening their mouth. If someone is suffering from these types of symptoms, it is highly suggested that they consult their dentist, or find a dentist that specializes in treating TMJ. Luckily, surgery or any similar procedure is generally not necessary. As an alternative, various jaw relaxation exercises typically known as “TMJ exercises” can be performed at the sufferer’s convenience to relieve pain, uneasiness, and decrease the crackling sound triggered when the mouth is opened wide. In fact, there are reports that the TMJ exercises literally resolve the problem completely.
-What Exactly is TMJ?
Contrary to what many may believe, TMJ is a physical condition and not a disorder. Sufferers should never be treated for TMJ outside of the appropriate exercises. A doctor should not prescribe a pill for TMJ as a cure. It is a physical condition and should be treated like one; hence, the need for specialized TMJ exercises.
-How TMJ Exercises Work
The TMJ exercises assist in leveling movements of the skull and mandible. In essence, TMJ exercises permits the individual to open and close their mouth, and move their jaw on both sides, consequently allowing them to eat, drink, smile, and make any type of facial expressions. The jaw has connective tissues and several muscles that assist in the even alteration of the joint. Additionally, it includes one of the most compelling facial muscles in the body, known as the masseter. TMJ exercises are developed to:
. bolster the jaw muscles
. repose the jaw muscles
. decrease and eradicate the popping and clicking of the jaw
. decrease and eradicate the stress off the joints near the jaw
. decrease and eradicate all other aches and indications concerned with TMJ that the sufferer may experience
-A TMJ Exercise Strategy
The TMJ sufferer should start with stretching the jaw to alleviate any tension they may encounter in their jaw. If they are feeling discomfort or pain, this first step will ease it rather rapidly. If it is found that TMJ exercises are not helping or the hurt and distress increases, a dentist appointment may be necessary. In these instances, exercises may not be enough.
Stretching the Jaw Muscle:
Begin by scarcely opening the mouth. Afterward, place the right palm on the right jaw, followed by moving the lower jaw to the right. The individual must develop a bit of resistance and keep their hand in place for a few seconds. Repeat the exercise on the left side, and repeat five times on both sides.
Resistance Jaw Exercise:
The mouth should be relaxed as much as possible. The lower jaw must be pushed forward as far and as straight, that can be managed, while putting the palm of their hand onto the chin. This will create a certain amount of resistance that can be felt. This position should be held for at least five seconds and repeated five times.
Neck Expansion 1:
Turn the neck to the right, placing two fingers from the left hand and rest them on the left lower jaw and press. The neck muscles should be gently stretching while keeping the position for five seconds. After that, repeat the procedure on the right side alternating five times on each side.
Neck Expansion 2:
Stand up and tilt the head back, looking-up at the ceiling. If there is a minor stretch in the throat, then the movement is being done correctly. Embrace the position for five seconds. Afterwards, drop the head and look down at the floor until the identical minor stretch is felt in the back of the neck. Keep this position for five seconds and alternate five times once each side.
Neck Expansion 3:
Try to adjoin the right hear onto the right shoulder. This may be difficult; however, it is no reason not to give it a good try since this will give the neck a fantastic stretch. Put two fingers onto the left temple region and apply slight pressure, until an improved stretch is felt in the neck. Keep the position for five seconds, and try it on the other side, repeating two times on both sides.
Mouth Muscle Massage:
With this exercise, position three fingers on the temples. Making a clock-wise round motion, lightly massage the temples for around ten seconds. Be cautious not to apply too much pressure, since it can result in long-term pain. This part of the body is very sensitive, and should be handled with care. Repeat this exercise two to three times. The massage can also be attempted on the jaw by putting the hands right in front of and underneath the ears.
-The TMJ Cure
The above exercises are usually enough to completely solve any TMJ problems. How long it takes for the exercises to work depends on the individual. Everyone’s pain and discomfort varies. However, success rates have been so positive that people have stated that the TMJ exercises have been effectual and that their jaw was better right after doing them. Of course, there are other slight variations of TMJ exercises. Each person must find the TMJ exercises that suit them best, but those who are committed to doing them will be completely and happily cured. Daily dedication is the key and an essential part to long-term relief.