If you have been diagnosed with the TMJ disorder, you need to know how to treat TMJ at home without surgery. The TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) disorder is a very difficult problem to treat because of the amount of use your jaw joint and muscles get every day. You use them for eating and talking and yawning which you need to do every day. Some of us use them a lot more than others.
The most common cause of TMJ disorder is clenching and/or grinding your teeth in your sleep because of stress, tension, or anxiety, so if that’s the case with you, you should know how to treat TMJ at home instead of looking for surgical options.
Treating TMJ At home
Discussed below is how to treat TMJ at home using Exercises. There are many different exercises you can use on how to treat TMJ at home but, I have to say this again because it’s so important, the most crucial thing you need to do on how to treat TMJ at home is to find ways to handle and cope with your stress. You may want to try some Yoga breathing exercises.
Now I am going to give you some exercises you can try that may help you on how to treat TMJ at home. You may want to do these three times per day. Some good times to do them would be when you get up in the morning, in the afternoon when you get home from work and before going to bed. Just try to be as relaxed as possible and clear your mind from your problems.
First, gently close your mouth and place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth just at the back your front teeth. Then, slide your tongue back towards your throat as far as you can. Now, slowly open your mouth and ensure you keep your tongue in contact with the roof of your mouth. Only open your mouth as far as you can without letting your tongue lose contact with the roof of your mouth. For five seconds, maintain the position. Relax for five seconds then repeat the exercise four more times. Doing the above mentioned will help you on how to treat TMJ at home.
Stretching your jaw muscles will help in relaxing and repairing them. To do this, you open your mouth wider without pain. Do this ten times. Next, open your mouth wider on the left than on the right. Open as far as you comfortably can and then close your mouth. Then, on the right side, perform the same. You can do this many times per day and the more, the better on how to treat TMJ at home.
TMJ Assisted Stretching
To exercise this method of how to treat TMJ at home, you will do it as the previous exercise except for this time you will use your hand to pull your mouth a little wider than you can use just your jaw muscles. Don’t do it, if this causes pain.
Crooked Jaw Repair
This method of how to treat TMJ at home is for when you have a deviation or a shifting of one side of your jaw when you open your mouth. Some TMJ patients will have this when one side of their jaw is damaged and not the other side. This exercise will help you to reeducate the side that is not working properly. You will want to do this exercise in front of a mirror so you can ensure you are opening and closing your jaw straight.
Even, if you have to use your hand to guide your jaw at first, you need to try to open your jaw evenly on each side. Open and close your jaw gently and straight and do it ten times in a row. Then relax for a minute and do two more sets of ten times. Try to do three sets of ten like this three or four times per day.
Something else that could help is to do these stretching exercises with the help of warm moist heat. This will increase the blood flow to your jaw and facial muscles which will mean more oxygen is getting to them. Just put two hand towels in some hot water and then squeeze them out and place one on each side of your face while you are doing the stretching exercises.
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