TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome) refers to localized pain that repetitively occurs in the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. TMJ can also cause earaches, headaches, neck pain, clicking or popping of the jaw. and even a locked jaw joint. If you or someone you care about suffers from these symptoms, you know how important and often difficult it is to find TMJ relief.
Temporary relief can usually be achieved through the use of cold packs on the joint and anti-inflammatory medicines, such as ibuprofen. You may also want to modify your diet to avoid foods that require rigorous chewing. However, if the condition is severe, your physician may recommend other treatment options for TMJ relief, including:
- Mouth Guard: A mouth guard, sometimes called a night guard, is a plastic piece that fits over your teeth while you sleep and limits your ability to grind your teeth. Dentists say it be used only for a short period of time so it does not begin to affect your natural bite.
- Acupressure & Acupuncture: An acupoint is a place on your body that can be stimulated to relieve pain in a particular area, such as your face or jaw. Acupuncture stimulates the point with a very thin needle. Then, firm pressure is applied to the acupoint with either the specialist’s hand or an acupressure instrument. This technique has been shown to provide TMJ sufferers with relief.
- Muscle Relaxants: If over-the-counter pain relievers aren’t strong enough to alleviate the pain, your physician may prescribe muscle relaxants. Some people experience fatigue while using them, so you may have to try a few different medicines before finding the one that will work best for you.
If you or someone you know suffers from TMJ, Joseph K. Askinasi, DC, DABCO, can help. To learn more about how you can achieve TMJ relief through treatment, make an appointment at his Rye, NY, or New York City locations by calling (914) 481-4692. Visit the website to learn more about this chiropractic orthopedist and his services.