Oftentimes it can be difficult to tell if you have a TMJ dysfunction or just a toothache, migraine headache, or perhaps typical jaw pain. You can try visiting TMJ doctors, but the problem is that regardless of your ailment (TMJ dysfunction or not) they’ll simply prescribe a bunch of side-effect inducing medications before sending you on your way. How is that going to cure your disorder though?
Sometimes you can determine on your own if you have temporomandibular joint disorder just by examining the symptoms that cause you to suffer. Ringing in the ears, jaw pain, and muscles tension in the neck, shoulders, and back are all signs of TMJ. Today you’ll learn much more about each dysfunction and the home remedies that can have you feeling better today!
A major TMJ dysfunction that can literally drive you crazy is TMJ and tinnitus. What the heck is tinnitus? Quite simply it’s ringing in the ears even though there’s no real external noise. Tinnitus gives an all-too real meaning to the phrase, “It’s all in your head.”
It’s important to note if the ringing in your ears is coupled with other TMJ symptoms, which we’ll get to in a bit. If it is, there’s a good chance you don’t need to waste your valuable time and money visiting an ear specialist. They probably just try to drug you up!
Jaw pain is another horrible TMJ dysfunction. It can make everything from eating to talking to sleeping a truly awful experience. If you’re anything like me, you’ve had days where your jaw hurts so much it’s nearly impossible to get out of bed. So what should you do?
You could visit a TMJ specialists, but according to TMJ.org:
Neither the American Dental Association (ADA) nor the American Medical Association (AMA) recognizes the treatment of TMJ Disorders as a specialty.
Well, so much for that!
Tense muscles in your neck, shoulders, and back can also make living with the disorder almost unbearable. There’s no reason this area should feel as if a boulder had fallen upon you the day before. But this is what it can feel like if you have TMJ.
So when it comes to TMJ dysfunction, what home remedies can you start doing right away in order to feel better? It might surprise you how easy and simple they are to do. Check out the following so you can start feeling better today:
- Stay properly hydrated
- Eliminate caffeinated drinks such as coffee, soda, and Red Bull
- Eat magnesium-rich foods
- Spend at least 5-10 minutes each day doing stretches
- Make sure to get plenty of exercise
All of these treatments aim to relieve your body of tension. TMJ home remedies is all about healthy alternatives that will have you feeling better right away. Which treatments work best for you? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.