Temporomandibular Joint syndrome abbreviated as TMJ is the joint that attaches your lower jaw to the rest of your skull. Any tear or inflammation in this joint can lead to TMJ syndrome. This situation can be extremely painful if not treated with care at the right time. It is recommended that you consult your doctor or a TMJ specialist, when your first experience pain in your jaw as facial pains are usually of the serious kind.
Causes and Symptoms of TMJ
The cause of tmj syndrome can be any injury to teeth or jaw which results in misalignment of teeth. Poor posture and bad eating habits such as excessive bringing and chewing can also lead to tmj syndrome. In addition to this, arthritis plays a prominent role in the development of this disorder as well. Some common signs and symptoms of tmj are describes below.
- Pain in the jaw joint
- Clocking sound from the jaw
- Irritating and popping sound in your ear
- Pain in the ears
- Frequent headaches
- Stiff and sore jaw muscles as well as locking of the jaw joint
Home Remedies for TMJ
It is always advisable to consult a doctor to get proper diagnosis and in-depth knowledge about your condition before engaging in any self-help treatment. Often jaw problems resolve on their own in a few weeks but if you can’t cope with the pain anymore, then follow these simple remedies to relieve your pain. The following home remedies are safe and have no side effects, so you can follow them without having to worry about worsening your condition.
- Heat Packs – heat has more healing effects in case of inflammation and swelling as compared to cold packs. Apply moist heat or wrap a hot pack in a towel and apply it to the affected area for pain relieve and swelling reduction. Heat is also good for improving blood flow in the affected part of the face.
- Liquid and Soft Food – eating hard and crunchy food can worsen your jaw condition tremendously and also make it more painful. It is advisable that you follow a liquid diet plan or eat soft food which do not require much chewing in order to heal your tmj disorder fast.
- Use pain killers – over the counter medicines such as NSAIDs can help reduce the pain and inflammation in your jaw. Just make sure to not take these medicines excessively.
- Light Jaw Exercises – try doing light jaw exercises after a few days when moving your jaw does not hurt anymore. These exercises can prevent jaw lock and provide mobility to your jaw. Make sure to not do rigorous exercises as it can further damage your tmj syndrome.
- Sleep on your Side – tmj usually affects one jaw at a time, so you should sleep on the good or unaffected side of your face and give proper time to your tmj to heal before you can sleep comfortably at night.
- Support Your Jaw while Yawning – yawing can be a bit painful while having a tmj syndrome. It is recommended that you support your chin with your hand while yawing to lessen the painful effects.