7 Natural Treatments for TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Symptoms


| 4/18/2014 9:31:00 AM


TMJ symptomsTemporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders affect up to 12% of Americans and can cause pain, decreased range of jaw motion, and a clicking noise associated with movement.[1] They can also lead to referred pain—pain that is felt at a location other than where it originates—all over the head and neck, including earaches and headaches.[2]

Causes of TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders can be influenced by multiple factors, including traumatic injuries, hormonal influences, and overuse and/or improper use of the muscles of mastication (chewing). Clenching of the teeth (bruxism) is often a leading cause of TMJ muscle pain, although many people are not aware that they have this habit.[3] Women are more likely than men to suffer from TMJ symptoms, and these disorders are most likely to occur in people 20 to 40 years old.[1]

Natural Treatment Options for TMJ Disorders

There are many natural ways to treat the unpleasant symptoms of TMJ.

1. Occlusal Splint. Most commonly known as night guards, these splints are custom-made dental orthotics that help protect the surfaces of the teeth and prevent clenching. These are one of the most frequently used treatments for TMJ disorders. They are most often worn at night.[1]

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2. Physical therapy. Stretching and range-of-motion exercises designed by a physical therapist can help to relieve pain and restore proper movement and function of the jaw.[4]

MWilkinson
7/8/2014 7:35:03 AM

For TMJ one can see some nice chiropractor. May be chiropractic treatment at http://www.cfchiro1.com will get relieved from TMJ pain.




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