We are going to talk a little bit today about TMJ therapy or, to be more specific, the myth of TMJ therapy.If you’re currently suffering from chronic jaw pain then you might be considering therapy or
If you’re currently suffering from chronic jaw pain then you might be considering therapy or expensive surgery for the disorder.
Before you partake in this risky and often unproven surgical procedure, however, you should know a bit more about the skepticism surrounding dentists and physicians that are often responsible for recommending various treatments and surgeries.
Let’s examine some of the gray areas of TMJ therapy, why you may want to avoid surgery at all costs, and how a few all-natural and safe home remedies might be all you need to start feeling better right away.
Remember the story about the Loch Ness Monster? According to the famous legend the dinosaur-looking creature known as “Nessie” has been reported in the Scottish Highlands as far back as 1933. As with most myths and legends, the stories become mired in half-truths and inaccuracies over time. The same can be said for not only diagnosing TMJ disorder, but also the scientifically unproven ways that the medical field attempts to correct it.
I’m Not a Professional, But I Play One in This Office
You may have already had a frustrating experience when consulting your dentist for your painful disorder. Many of these professionals are not experts in TMJ therapy but claim to be anyway. Why would they claim to know more than they really do? Unfortunately, treating TMJ disorder has become a booming industry in the dental field. Many unscrupulous dentists will prey on the fact that you’re desperate for a cure. They also know that it’s unlikely that their first suggestion for pain relief will actually work. This ensures repeat visits by you and continued drainage of your bank account to pay for these expensive consultations.
Here’s a good example of poor advice often prescribed by dentists. Many will tell you that you simply have a “bad bite.” This might sound pretty reasonable to you. You can easily envision a bad bite leading to stress on your jaw, thus contributing to facial pain. Your dentist then gives you a plastic appliance to place between your teeth (mandibular orthopedic repositioning appliance) to help correct your bite. Sadly, this unscientifically proven treatment can often reposition your teeth so badly that you may need to have facial reconstructive surgery to repair the damage.
Surgery Isn’t The Solution
Before we get into a few natural remedies you can do instead of tossing odd plastic contraptions into your mouth, let’s address the tricky subject of surgery for your jaw pain. This painful and expensive procedure removes the disc that acts as a buffer between your lower jaw and skull. The joint is then either reshaped or an artificial disc is inserted where the original used to be. Sound painful? It is!
Surgery isn’t something to dive into. Should your dentist or physician make this recommendation, it is vital that you attain a second opinion and explore additional TMJ therapy options. Why don’t we conclude by examining a few of them here.
That Was Easy
So where can you start right away to attain pain relief and avoid the possibility of surgery down the road. Well, TMJ therapy can be done in a variety of different ways, including:
- Diet – Eliminate coffee, soda, and junk food that places unnecessary stress on your body. A healthy diet laden with fruits and veggies will have you feeling better in no time
- Stretches – Stretches are an amazing way to relax, repair, and rebuild the muscles and joints in the jaw
- Breathing – Have you ever been to Yoga or taken super deep breaths during a stressful situation at work? The same principle applies here. Take slow, full breaths deep into your belly for a minimum of five minutes to calm yourself down.
These quick and all-natural remedies and more are truly great alternatives for unethical dentists and surgery-happy doctors. TMJ therapy is easier than you may have first thought. Give them a try today and let us know what you think.