Studies show that noninvasive methods of addressing the causes and symptoms of TMJ are very effective. In fact, over 85 percent of patients will never develop chronic TMJ disorder. Those who find that stress or anxiety contribute to their TMJ have many different options at their disposal, such as:
1) Relax the Jaw Muscles (Massage)
Headaches and jaw pain are often a sign of TMJ disorder and treatment often depends on how severe your case is. Myofascial pain and TMD pain can respond very quickly to precise manipulation using our specialised Functional Neuro Myofascial Massage Technique and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT).
2) Myofunctional Therapy
Research says OMT has a significant reduction of pain sensitivity to palpations for all muscles and increased the mandibular range of motion and reduced frequency and severity of signs and symptoms of TMD. With orofacial myofunctional therapy, the main goal is to establish nasal breathing and correct oral posture by toning and repatterning the head, face, tongue and neck muscles.
3) Meditation, yoga and deep breathing techniques
Stress management and relaxation techniques are used to reduce the emotions we hold in our head, neck and face. If high-stress situations or anxiety cause you to tense up or brux, learning how to use relaxation exercises and deep breathing to calm your mind and your body. This can help your body change from a fight and flight mode i.e a high sympathetic drive to a parasympathetic drive.
4) TMJ Dental Orthotic
An orthotic device is a customised splint that can ease your jaw into a more comfortable and less straining TMJ position.
If you are living with TMD pain, remember you are not the only one.Doing the least invasive treatment first is always best.
Please feel free to ask us any questions. You can always contact us for questions or to schedule a consultation.
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