There’s nothing worse than having jaw pain. OK, except maybe TMJ ear pain. Unless, of course, you’re “lucky” enough to have been crowned “Pain In Jaw And Ear At The Same Time Champion Of The World.”
For those suffering from the disorder, this isn’t exactly the kind of title you’re excited to be carrying around. All jokes aside, your pain in jaw and ear areas can make life pretty unbearable at times. Even falling asleep, talking, or eating your dinner can feel like monumental tasks.
That’s why I’m excited to show you today the top 3 treatments for pain in your jaw and ear. And the best part is that these remedies won’t involve doctors, side-effect inducing pain medications, or other tactics that will drain your bank account. It’s just good ‘ol fashion TMJ home remedies.
Top 3 Treatments For TMJ Pain In Jaw And Ear
To The Left! To The Right!
The best way to alleviate pain in jaw and ear areas caused by the disorder is to do TMJ stretches. I can tell you from personal experience that stretches have changed my life. They help to relax the muscles while building up strength over time. I can do them right when I get out of bed, on my lunch break, waiting for an airplane, or basically anytime I have a few minutes to spare.
If you’re only going to do one stretch per day, do this:
- Open your mouth as wide as it can go without experiencing pain
- Shift your lower jaw to the right and hold for five seconds
- Return your jaw to center
- Shift your lower jaw to the left and hold for five seconds
- Return your jaw to center and close your mouth
Wasn’t that easy? Now you’ve given your jaw a nice stretch and those muscles will get stronger over time if you do this exercise each day.
You’re A Pain In My Ear
Recent studies have shown that nearly 50% of temporomandibular joint disorder sufferers have pain in the ear. Much of that pain comes from muscle tension. Aside from stretching, another way to keep those muscles relaxed is through proper hydration. Have you ever gone for a long run and felt cramps somewhere in your body? Chances are you were dehydrated. The same concept is true for ear pain and TMJ.
To keep your body properly hydrated and your muscles relaxed, start each day by chugging 15 ounces of water. Then, as the day progresses, drink at least 8-10, 10 ounce glasses of water.
And no Red Bull or soda. They’ll dehydrate you!
Go Run In The Street Why Don’t You
Pain in jaw and ear still? Trying getting some exercise each day. This is yet another way to keep your muscles loose while building up strength over time. Because you’ll be exercising, you can see the importance of our previously mentioned hydration speech. Make sure to drink lots of water before and after your workout.
Easy TMJ treatments such as stretching, hydration, and exercise can drastically reduce the pain you’re currently experiencing in your jaw and ear. So give these treatments a try and let me know in the comment section below how well they are working for you!