by Sally Writes
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) affects the muscles that control jaw movement, and causes pain in the jaw joint. It is often caused by grinding or clenching your teeth, particularly at night. For the majority of cases, TMJ is self-managed and through a variety of non-surgical treatments. Looking at TMJ from a holistic viewpoint can be extremely beneficial, as the reason for teeth clenching isn’t always simple.
Looking after your teeth
Looking after your teeth obviously important if you have TMJ. If you are grinding your teeth at night, it is recommended that you use a gum shield to prevent interdental wear. Always make sure your teeth as really clean if you are using a gum shield. It is advisable to use a good electric toothbrush. Using a natural toothpaste alternative can help the symptoms of TMJ. A little baking soda, mixed with herbal tooth powders are great at easing pain, and any inflammation and infection that you might have.
Fight the symptoms of stress
Many people who have problems with TMJ find that their symptoms are worse during times of stress. The pressures in our lives are often unavoidable, but we can find a way to deal with them and to Yoga is a great medicine for relaxing you, and moving your focus away from the stresses in your life. It helps keep your body fit and healthy, as well as keeping your mind calm. Meditation is also a great way of banishing tension from your mind and body. You can use the techniques that you have learned through meditation and yoga in your daily life. The breathing exercises are particularly effective at reducing stress.
Create a calm sleeping environment
Before you go to bed, make sure that your bedroom is clear from any clutter. You should aim to create a room that is tranquil and relaxing. Sprinkle your pillow with a little lavender and eucalyptus essential oils to ease your sleep and to help you to breathe easily at night. Make sure that your bedroom is really dark, use blackout blinds if necessary, and cover any electrical items that cause glare or have standby lights. This will help you to get a really peaceful night’s sleep, and you will be less likely to clench or grind your teeth.
It is possible to deal with the symptoms of TMJ in a holistic and natural way, your whole body will benefit from it. You can feel calmer, focused and free of pain.