Jaw ache? TMJ? TMJD? Try this

 

 

TMJ or TMJD is a muscle and bone dysfunction of the jaw joint. Symptoms like pain, discomfort, restricted movement, clicking sounds are linked with this condition.

Some causes could be trauma, genetics, and overuse (sometimes caused by stress eg grinding teeth).

This disorder can also lead to headaches and neck aches as this condition can aggravate the surrounding tissues.

What Do I do?

This condition can be picked up during a regular dental check up, it is an option to get in contact with your dentist to see if what is going on in your mouth is pushing your jaw out of alignment. Another option is to speak to your GP who may be able to refer you for physiotherapy or maybe other diagnostic tests before treatment can be carried out. The key here is to get help as early as you can to lessen the chances of the condition getting worse.

 

Self help

The following advice is designed to ease some discomfort felt with this condition and this is not a replacement for medical treatment. In this section I will cover self massage and stretching.

 

Acupoints

Large intestine 4 (AVOID WHEN PREGNANT)

This point is located on the back of the hand, between the first and second metacarpal bone and at the most prominent part of the muscle when thumb is touching the second metacarpal. Press both sides for 5 minutes, pressure should be firm enough to produce tenderness.

Stomach 7

Located on the face in front of the ear in the depression felt under the zygomatic arch (cheek bone under the arch near the ear) and the condyloid process of the mandible. Press and knead both sides for 5 minutes, pressure should be firm enough to produce tenderness.

Stomach 6

Located on the face directly under stomach 7 and on the edge of the masseter muscle (large jaw muscle). Press and knead both sides for 5 minutes, pressure should be firm enough to produce tenderness.

For associated neck pain please click here and include it in your routine.

For any further assistance or if you want to find out more about treatments or classes do get in touch. Leave comments below.

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