Recently we talked about the top pain treatment option to stay away from: surgery. There’s very little research to validate this invasive procedure. What’s more troubling is that having surgery now isn’t even a guarantee that you’ll be free of pain for years to come. You could even find yourself in more pain – and with a greatly depleted bank account due to medical bills. So if you’re wondering how to treat TMJ disorder, where should you start?
After countless visits to my doctor and dentist, I learned how to treat TMJ disorder by using three simple and awesome home remedies. I altered my diet, started doing some basic TMJ stretches, and began doing yoga to help with stress and tension. Here’s how each of these treatments continues to provide me with pain relief to this very day.
Starbucks Trenta? Yeah … I’ll Pass
When I first started to figure out how to treat TMJ pain on my own, I noticed that I needed to make some key changes to my diet. I’m not saying I was like that guy from the documentary “Super Size Me” where he eats McDonalds three times per day. My biggest problem was caffeine. I was drinking way too much Mountain Dew and coffee, which meant that my caffeine fuse was about to blow.
Moreover, caffeine led to unnecessary tension in my jaw area. It would keep me wired and only worsened daily situations that were already stressful. You don’t have to be an overpaid physician to know that it’s going to be tough to stay relaxed with caffeine pulsating through your veins. So give good ‘ol water a try. You’ll thank yourself later.
Let’s Stretch it Out
I can’t stress enough that if you want to know how to treat TMJ disorder then the best place to start is with simple TMJ stretches. You don’t have to do anything crazy, elaborate, or even time consuming.
Here’s a stretch that I do each day that’s really helpful. Open your mouth and drop your jaw as far as it will go. Slowly shift it to the left and hold for five seconds. Return to center. Now shift it to the right for five seconds. Return to center and close your mouth. Repeat this exercise about five times while making sure to stop if you feel any sort of discomfort.
Is it Just Me or is it Hot in Here?
Yoga exercises are not only effective, but also a ton of fun. Sometimes I’ll do yoga exercises at home or at a studio. No matter where I am I always make sure to focus on my breathing. This helps ease the tension throughout my jaw and body.
I’m also a huge fan of Bikram yoga. By doing yoga in 105-degree heat, your muscles surrounding the TMJ joint will become incredibly relaxed. This is also a great way to sweat out all that soda you’re still drinking. That’s right, I’ve got my eye on you Pepsi drinkers unable to kick the habit!
If you’ve always wondered how to treat TMJ disorder without having invasive surgery, then these safe and fun home remedies are a great place to start. If you have any additional tips on how to treat TMJ disorder, let us know in the comments below.