If you’re a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) sufferer like me, then soreness in muscles can be one of the most difficult symptoms to deal with. There’s honestly nothing worse than waking up in the morning to quickly realize that everything from your jaw down to your lower back is hurting.
That’s why it’s important to use home remedies to treat soreness in muscles caused by TMJ disorder. These treatments start when you wake up in the morning, continue as you sit at your desk all day at work, and end with the right kind of pillow as you fall asleep.
Let’s show you the best home remedy treatments so you can start feeling better today.
3 Ways to Treat Soreness in Muscles Brought On By TMJ
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Let’s start our treatment with the moment you wake up in the morning. Many of us follow the same routine: wipe the sleep from our eyes, brush our teeth, and crank up the coffee pot.
Today I want to introduce a new habit. I want you to drink 15 ounces of water right when you wake up in the morning (and continue to drink it throughout the day). This is because dehydration will cause soreness in muscles. By making sure you consume lots of water right when you awake, you’ve set yourself up to be proper hydrated throughout the day.
Sit Up Straight
Poor posture can also force you to deal with the problem of sore muscles. If you’re anything like me, you probably spend a ton of time at work and/or school sitting at a desk. If you’re constantly slouched over, of course your back and shoulders are going to be sore. That’s why you need to make sure you have a chair with fantastic lumbar support, take breaks during the day to stretch and go for a quick walk, and by all means NO SLOUCHING!
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
You’ve been drinking water all day. You’ve made sure your posture is ergonomically correct. Now it’s time to call it quits after a long day. And nothing beats laying your head down on a cool, soft pillow. But make sure it’s not too soft.
What you really need on your bed are posture-pedic pillows. This will ensure that your neck has proper support all night while you sleep. Lack of support can easily cause soreness in muscles when you awake in the morning.
There are a lot of great brands out there to choose from so head on over to your local department store and see which model works best for you.
As you can see, TMJ home remedies are pretty easy to do; they’ll also have you feeling better in no time. You no longer need to waste your time visiting doctors, physical therapists, or even those folks who claim to be “specialists.” Just make sure to drink your water, sit up straight, and buy a pillow with proper support. While there are additional home remedies you’ll want to take advantage of, these three are a great place to begin your journey toward a pain-free existence.