If you’re still 1 of 10 million Americans currently suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), then sore muscles are probably one of the symptoms causing you incredible discomfort. Causes of muscle soreness in TMJ patients range from slightly stiff shoulders to facial muscles that are so sore it’s almost impossible to talk.
No matter where you fall in the “TMJ Pain ‘O Meter,” there are home remedy treatments you can start doing right away to feel better. And the doing will actually take form in the not doing. That is to say, you’re going to learn about the habits you need to break and stop doing on a day-to-day basis, many of which are causes of muscle soreness.
Causes Of Muscle Soreness For TMJ Sufferers
One of the most popular causes of muscle soreness in TMJ patients is eating hard foods. Whether it’s sweets such as jawbreakers and candy apples, tough steaks that take persistent chewing, or nuts that need considerable force to break them down into pieces small enough to swallow, all will have you holding your jaw in pain the following day.
Stick to foods that are a bit easier on the jaw. You don’t need to eat applesauce or grits like grandpa just yet, but go easy on yourself – and your jaw. If you have a chocolate craving, eat some pudding. Instead of that rubber-like steak, have some fish with dinner.
And no Laffy Taffy. Sorry!
Back to The Grind
A lot of folks with TMJ disorder will grind their teeth at night. This puts extreme pressure on the jaw joints while they’re sleeping, which causes them to wake up feeling awful.
You’d think that mouthguards would help solve this problem. Sadly, they simply enable sufferers of the disorder to clench down even harder during the night because the mouthguard conforms so well to the bite.
Instead of tossing a piece of rubber in your mouth at night, try eating magnesium-rich foods throughout the day. They will help promote muscle relaxation when you’re sleeping.
We Mean It: Just Say No!
One of the main causes of muscle soreness in TMJ patients is the abuse of caffeine. While Red Bull very well may give you wings, it will also create extreme tension in your muscles. All that caffeine from energy drinks, sodas, and even energy bars will only magnify your aches and pains.
Try drinking, well you know, water. Also, green tea and coconut juice are tasty and they promote hydration – another key treatment for sore muscles.
There are tons of other treatments for TMJ you can try today to combat the causes of muscle soreness. Drink lots of water when you wake up in the morning. Take a hot shower and let the water run over the places where you’re the most sore. Use a posture-pedic pillow at night. Sit up straight for proper posture when working at your desk. These simple remedies will have you feeling better in no time.
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