Not many people in Melbourne are completely aware of the severe pain that many TMJ sufferers experience, often on a daily basis. However, there are techniques available for those suffering from TMJ, which can help alleviate many of the symptoms associated with the condition.
According to certain studies, stress in itself is a major cause not only of depression and other anxiety disorders, but also for physical attributes, which cause muscle tension, headaches and, unfortunately, the rapid increase of pain associated with TMJ.
Although you or a loved one may have TMJ, here are a few very helpful techniques you can do in the privacy of your own home, in your own time, to help fight the onset of discomfort associated with the condition.
Sit in an upright and comfortable position, with soft music playing in the background or complete silence, with a nice view ahead (if possible), gently let all your thoughts, all your aches and stresses disperse. Think only of the moment. Try to meditate daily for 10 to 20 minutes per session and you will start to see the benefits on your health in general.
Rest, in this sense, doesn’t necessarily mean sleep. If you choose to sleep, try not to sleep on the affected side of your jaw. What we mean by rest is quite similar to meditation, but it’s about “resting away” from the toils of the day and your condition, and just sitting on a sofa and having a cup of tea. It also means taking some time of work to reduce the likelihood of a build of extra stress.
· Muscular relaxation
Again, also similar to meditation, but with a slight difference. It is progressive relaxation. You start by sitting or lying down on your back in a still pose. Concentrating only on your breathing, you start with the feeling of the muscles in your feet and slowly, but progressively, move the “tingling” sensation up your calf, your thigh, hips, stomach, arms and then to your jaw. Many people in Melbourne have spoken highly of this type of therapy.
This is the therapy that involves talking. Talking helps in most situations. When you verbalise your frustrations concerning your TMJ condition, it may help you understand it better. Very often it’s difficult to talk to family and friends. Perhaps you feel they’ve “heard it all and are sick of the same old story”, but with a psychologist on hand, you may experience benefit both emotional and physical, merely by expressing your feelings.
With these options available, it is strongly recommended that you make use of these to help relieve the aches and pains of TMJ.
For more information or if you want to speak to a TMJ expert, contact us today.