When suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), pain in the jaw can be one of the most frustrating and persistent symptoms. It can make everything from sleeping to eating to talking painful. Heck, it even makes it uncomfortable to kiss!
That’s why I’m excited today to show you the best home remedies to help alleviate pain in the jaw. And trust me, this is something I’ve been dealing with myself for a very long time. It really wasn’t until I started to alter my diet, massage my TMJ joint, and stretched my facial area daily that I finally started to feel better. These positive results are what I know you can achieve in just a few days so let’s get started. You’ll be smooching away once again in no time!
Top 3 Ways to Alleviate Pain In The Jaw
Before I show you the top three ways to get rid of pain in the jaw caused by TMJ disorder, it bears mentioning a few avenues you shouldn’t travel. The first is trying physical therapy. Not only are the sessions often not covered by your insurance, but also the therapists just don’t know enough about the disorder yet to truly help you.
The same holds true for the specialists. Many of these folks prey on sufferers who are desperate for pain relief, but all that really happens is savings accounts “relieved” of money.
That’s why I want you to focus on remedies that actually work.
#1. Drink Up
Sorry folks, but we’re not talking about tying one on at your local bar. What I do want you to do, however, is to drink at least 15 ounces of water the second you wake up each morning. The reason is because hydration is essential for keeping your muscles relaxed. Make sure to keep drinking water as the day progresses too. And when you need a change of pace, instead of reaching for that caffeine-laced Red Bull, try some hydration-inducing coconut water.
Another great way to get rid of TMJ-induced pain in the jaw is to give yourself a facial massage. This is a fantastic way to loosen the muscles and alleviate tension. Here is one that will work wonders for you. With your right middle and pointer finger close together, place them below your cheekbone and under your right ear. You should feel a slight dip when your cheekbone and upper jaw meet. Apply pressure to this region for about 5-10 sections before combing these muscles downward as you follow your jaw line. Repeat the same maneuver on the left side of your jaw.
Stretches go a long way toward alleviating pain in the jaw. Here is one for you to do in the morning after you’ve chugged your water:
- Open your mouth and relax your jaw
- Tilt back your head
- Breath in and exhale slowly
- Return your head to it’s natural resting position
TMJ Home Remedies
See, you don’t have to spend tons of money or waste valuable time with bogus TMJ specialists. A few basic TMJ home remedies can help eliminate pain in the jaw – and so much more. This means you can finally get back to pain-free smoochin’!
Do you have any advice for fellow readers when it comes to home remedies? I’d love to hear them in the comments below.