A TMJ headache can make life pretty unbearable at times. When it kicks in at full strength, everything from reading to sleeping to even thinking becomes incredibly difficult to do. That’s why I want to spend some time today showing you the top 3 ways to cure a TMJ headache.
Before we delve into the top 3 “do’s,” let’s examine the most important “don’t.” Do not waste your time and money visiting so-called doctors and specialists of TMJ disorder. These folks have had no specialized training and possess zero certificates that prove they are medical experts when it comes to TMJ disorder. Simply ignore them and instead, check out the following TMJ home remedies to get rid of those nasty headaches today.
I Wanna See You Move It, Move It!
The first way I want you to combat a TMJ headache is by getting your daily dose of exercise.
I can already hear certain readers groaning or rolling their eyes. Don’t worry. I’m not saying you need to sign up for a boot camp or try to get on the show The Biggest Loser. You just need to start new exercise habits and slowly work them into your daily routine. This could include:
- Going for a walk before work, on your lunch, or when you return home
- Slather up your old rusty bike chain in WD-40 and go for a leisurely ride
- Make your dog’s day (or your friend’s pooch if you don’t have one) by taking him/her for a stroll at a nearby park
- Sign up for yoga, softball, a hiking Meetup group, and basically anything to get your blood pumping
The main thing here is to get your muscles moving, thereby warming them up. This will help relieve the stress in your jaw, neck, and shoulder areas, which helps with TMJ headache relief.
Put Down That Mountain Dew and Slowly Walk Away Please
If you’re anything like me, caffeine has been your friend for a long time. Maybe your weapon of choice is soda. Perhaps it’s energy drinks. Mine happens to be coffee – an iced mocha to be exact.
Here’s tip number two: the time has come to drastically cut back – and eventually eliminate – your daily caffeine intake. Aside from the notorious health issues these products can cause, caffeine contributes to tension. It can keep you “wired” and in a high-strung state. And of course, you’ll probably have an ever worse TMJ headache if you suddenly try to quit the stuff cold turkey.
Therefore, work each day to slowly cut back on your caffeine intake. It’s OK to take baby steps. If you drink 16 oz of soda then cut back to 12 oz. If you drink coffee, trying switching over to half-caf/half-decaf java. These small actions will yield fantastic long-term results.
Breathe In The Air
The final way to cure a TMJ headache is to breathe. Seems pretty obvious, right?
What I want you to incorporate into you daily habit is taking the time (maybe just five minutes) to slowly concentrate on your breathing. It’s a fantastic way to stay relaxed in even the most stressful situations. And as you know, stress is a major obstacle for achieving pain relief from the disorder.
As you can see, these fantastic and effective home remedies are pretty simple and easy to do. The best part is that you should start to notice how much better you feel in just a few days – sometimes even hours.
Do you have any tips for curing a TMJ headache? Feel free to share them below.