5 Ways to Relax and Relieve TMJ

Having TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorders can mean that you’re waking up with a lot of pain. From your jaw to your temples, your temporomandibular joint and facial muscles are probably feeling sore and achy. Your teeth are probably also in a lot of pain. The first thing you should do is go to your dentist to assess the situation so that you can get the right treatment. The next thing to do is try these five methods of relaxation to help keep your stress levels low.

  1. Take a Break – This may sound obvious, but taking a break and getting good rest is often overlooked. Give yourself a full night of sleep for a few days straight and see how you feel. Also unplug from your cellphone, laptop and TV for at least 30 minutes before going to sleep.
  2. Meditate – Take 30 minute breaks throughout the day actively concentrating on relaxing your jaw. You can listen to soothing music or just meditate in silence. Focus on breathing slowly and letting go of any pain you might be feeling.
  3. Relax Your Muscles – Start from your toes and loosen your muscles one by one until you reach your head. Slowly try to relax each part of your body as you rotate, wiggle, or move. You can do this sitting down or lying down.
  4. Massage – Gently rub your jaw muscles in circular motions. Also firmly rub up and down your jaw line very slowly until you feel a little relief. If your massaging techniques aren’t helping, you might want to seek a specialist who is an expert on facial massages specifically for TMJ issues.
  5. Therapy – Try getting cognitive behavioral therapy and re-teach yourself how to react to certain situations. You may be overly clenching your teeth or reacting with high levels of anxiety because it’s habitual. You can unlearn certain behaviors and reprogram yourself to react differently and in a way that is healthier for your body.

Dr. Lorraine Burio of Candlewood Dental Care has been treating and educating patients for over twenty-five years. Our offices are located in New Fairfield, New Milford, Danbury, and Sherman areas of CT and Pawling, Patterson and Putnam Lake of New York. You can call us at 203-746-1200.

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