If you suffer from TMJ, weather can have a major impact on the amount pain and discomfort you experience each day. In fact, here’s one of my most favorite examples when comes to TMJ, weather, and feeling downright terrible. Have you ever seen cartoon characters standing in the cold with their teeth chattering? That tightness and stiffness caused by the cold is what I experience each winter (and even in the spring and fall sometimes). Get me in warm weather, however, and it’s a whole different story.
Today you’re going to learn how interconnected TMJ, weather, and discomfort really are. Then I’ll show you some tips and hints that will go a long way in helping you get rid of your TMJ disorder.
Baby It’s Cold Outside
I’m a huge fan of safe and effective home remedies. After years of wasting my money and time with inept doctors and worthless medications, I’ve found that relief from TMJ pain can be achieved from home, on vacation, at work, and much more. One huge element that constantly has an effect on me is the weather. Just check this out:
“Exposure to cold weather or air-conditioned air may increase muscle contraction and facial pain (Medicine.net).”
Earlier this year, I spent a little over a month working from Maui. Within a few days of getting there, I felt my neck and jaw loosening up. The warm weather was so incredibly soothing. I was also hiking, swimming, doing Bikram yoga (which I’ll get to in a bit) so I know that helped too.
I know how lucky I was to live in Maui for a month. I also know that you can’t just pick up and move your life to a consistently warm climate because of your temporomandibular joint disorder. This is why if you live in a cold climate, you need to pay extra special attention to using heat packs. Just make sure to note that it’s a best practice when using a heat pack to then ice it afterward. If you heat your jaw area, and then just sit still, it can cause inflammation.
If you happen to live in a colder climate, Bikram yoga is an amazing way to simulate a warm climate while also getting some great exercise. The room – which is heated up around 105 degrees – will feel soooooo good as it relaxes your jaw, neck, and shoulder muscles. I honestly can’t recommend it enough.
Move West Young Man
For those of you suffering from TMJ, weather is always going to play a big factor in your life. While I realize you can’t go pack your life up right now and move to a warmer climate, it is something to consider should you be thinking of going to school or taking your career to a new location. I can promise you the warmer weather will help.
If you have any experiences with TMJ and weather, make sure to let everyone know in the comments below.