Tips To Help You Travel With Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

When you’re counting down towards a holiday break, your thoughts will be dominated by the prospect of waking up late, laughing with friends and family, eating delicious meals and unwinding from the pressures of work.

If you suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, you might have another thing on your mind, and one that could keep you from indulging in the all these great activities. After all, if you’re suffering from jaw pain, you’re going to find it hard to sleep, eat and talk – let alone relax. This doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy your holiday. Take the following tips into consideration to reclaim your time.

When you’re travelling…

Don’t forget to pack everything you need for a comfortable trip, be it your neuromuscular orthotic or pain medication as required. If you’re travelling a long distance and are able to rest on the trip, have a pillow handy to make resting more comfortable in a seated or lying position. Be sure to get up and move about every now and again to prevent stiffness, which can make your symptoms more pronounced.

When you’re eating…

A holiday is one those fantastic rare occasions where you can eat, drink and be merry all you want. If you have TMJ, minimise your discomfort by choosing soft textured and easy to chew foods that are still nutritious and non-inflammatory, such as scrambled eggs, fish, chicken and cooked veggies. When in doubt whether a dish is suitable or not, rather avoid it to prevent potential pain. If your jaw is very sensitive, you might want to consider using a straw to sip down drinks. An added bonus of taking care with your eating and drinking on holiday is that you’re unlikely to come home with unwanted kilos, as most people do when returning from holiday.

When you’re relaxing…

This might seem like obvious advice, but one of the best ways to prevent your TMJ pain from flaring up and worsening on holiday is by avoiding stress altogether. Yes, this is easier said than done, but by planning what you’re going to do and making the necessary arrangements before you leave, you’ll greatly reduce your stress levels while on the trip. It also gives you the chance to choose leisure activities that won’t make the pain worse.

Having TMJ doesn’t mean that you’ll your next holiday will be an unenjoyable one. With a little planning and preparation, you can enjoy the finer times of life with less discomfort than ever before.

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