TMJ disorder continues to impact over 5 million Americans each day. While you certainly have the option to take medications to deal with the pain, natural cures for TMJ disorder are right at your fingertips. You simply need to apply them to your everyday routine to start feeling instant relief.
Natural cures for TMJ are more effective and have better long-term results than simply masking the pain with meds. Through various natural home remedies – including stretches and breathing exercises – you will feel instant relief. Let’s begin so you can start feeling better today.
Just Say No
Let me quickly talk about why pain medications won’t cure you of temporomandibular joint disorder. It’s really quite simple: medications only dull the pain temporarily. That’s because they don’t get to the root of the problem. What’s worse is that many meds can produce awful side effects.
Think about it for a second: let’s say you hurt your right shoulder while playing basketball. Taking something over-the-counter like Advil (or a stronger medication such as Vicodin) will never, ever fully fix your shoulder. It will take a dedicated rehabilitation effort to make your shoulder stronger until it’s back to normal.
This same principle holds true for TMJ disorder. So put down that bottle of pain medication and start stretching.
There are a large number of quick and simple stretches you can do to ease the tension in your jaw muscles. However, I know a lot of you also suffer from a pain in the neck (and no, I don’t mean your boss or mother-in-law). Today I’m going to show you a great neck exercise that – if performed daily – will bring you relief. Here’s how to do it:
- Bring the tip of your chin to your chest
- Place your hands behind your neck
- Slowly apply pressure – you should feel a slight stretch in the back of your neck
- Relax your jaw
- Take 5 very deep breaths
- Remove your hands and return your head to its normal position. Repeat 2-3 more times if desired
Feels good, doesn’t it?
The Power Of Breath
As you saw in the neck-stretching exercise, breathing is one of the most underrated natural cures for TMJ pain. You can combine deep and slow breathing with all of your stretches; you can also perform breathing as an exercise on its own. What’s great about this tactic is you can do it when you first wake up in the morning, before a stressful business meeting, while driving home from work, and really anytime you want to relax. Just breathe in deeply and slowly for five consecutive minutes at least two to three times per day.
So when you’re thinking about a treatment for your TMJ through natural techniques, always keep breathing exercises in mind. Most importantly, realize that there are tons of wonderful natural cures for TMJ disorder at your disposal. Try them out today and you can kiss that bottle of Advil goodbye. Forever!