You’ve probably been looking for a way to heal your TMJ for some time. You may have read several articles, visited dozens web sites and even read some books. And most likely, the conclusion of all your research is:
There is no reliable cure for TMJ!
The only thing doctors can do is give out strong pain relief medicines or muscle relaxation drugs. There is nothing else they can do.
Little by little, you get immune to the strong pain killers and other short term medications and they’ll stop working for you (if they ever did relief your pain in the first place).
Your dentists may try his best to help you by making a dental implant. These implants are mostly meant to save your teeth from grinding down. It is not a permanent cure and usually doesn’t relief the pain, although it may be well worth it to save your teeth.
So why has science failed you?
One of the reason why it has been so difficult to find cure for TMJ, is how complex this condition is. There is probably no single cause for all cases of TMJ. There are rather combinations of several causes. And the causes are probably both physical and emotional.
Some people begin to experience TMJ after an accident of some sort. Stress is an other trigger. But most of the time, doctors have no idea what really causes their patients TMJ. This can be very depressive for people who suffer this condition.
Okay, that’s enough. Lets talk about what we DO KNOW!
We do know that the Jaw joints are always misplaced in some way. It’s sometimes sever, other times it’s minor misplacement. The effects can be extremely painful and irritating at the same time…
• Clicking, popping jaw joints • Grating sounds • Jaw locking opened or closed • Extreme pain in cheek muscles • Uncontrollable jaw or tongue movements • Clenching or grinding at night • Discomfort or pain to any of these areas • Limited opening • Inability to open the jaw smoothly or evenly • Jaw deviates to one side when opening • Inability to “find bite” with teeth • Frequent, migraine type headaches
…are just few obvious symptoms. You may have some or all of them. Or non at all. Like I said, this is very complicated condition.
What we also know is that the muscles around the jaw are always tense. Sometimes they’re torn a little, sometimes they’re sore, but they’re always tense. Weak, tense muscles do not support the jaw in the right way and will actually push it out of position, making this big part of the problem.
This is similar to what happens with back problems. The back muscles are stiff and weak to begin with. Then something happens, which puts strain on the back. Maybe working in a wrong position or small injury. It didn’t really feel very bad in the beginning.
As self defense, the back muscles get tense to avoid the pain. This is unconscious and uncontrollable. That’s why you often see people with back problem walk bent. The back pain becomes chronic when, the tension in the back muscles actually push the spine out of place. What was only supposed to be temporarily pain relief has caused serious condition.
I’m telling you this because TMJ develops the same way.
Your TMJ may have began as minor problem like short period of intense feelings or light bump on the jaw. Then as your jaw muscles get more tens and push the jaw out of position, it has developed into a major condition.
This is the beginning of series of other problems.
The two jaw joints don’t work as a team any more. You may even be rubbing bone to bone. No wonder everything is stuck. And the pain is horrible. Constant torture.
Nerves get squeezed. Either directly by the misplaced jaw or the tense muscles around it. The same nerves lie around the jaw as the ears. The same nerves that control the balance system. That’s why you may experience dizziness or lack or balance for example?
No muscle is an island. They’re all connected, either directly or through the nerve system. If your jaw muscles get stiff, all the other muscles around it will tense up too. You’ve probably experienced your shoulders and neck become more tense, as your TMJ has grown worse. This is only one example.
You may not have noticed how all the small muscles in your head (including the throat muscles, tongue, and eyes) have more tension in them now than they did before. This is serious.
All this tension put together causes many of the secondary symptoms of TMJ. Including…
• balance problems, “vertigo”, dizziness, or disequilibrium • voice fluctuations • hissing, buzzing, ringing, or roaring sounds • blurring of vision • clogged, stuffy, “itchy” ears, feeling of fullness • tongue pain • frequent coughing or constant clearing of throat • arm and finger tingling, numbness and or pain • bloodshot eyes
…and hundreds of other secondary symptoms, you may or may not have experienced your self.
The only way to permanently cure TMJ, is to loosen up and strengthen the jaw muscles and also all the other muscles around the it.
This can be done using simple, jet very powerful exercises:
1)The jaw exercises strengthen and loosen up the jaw muscles directly. As you practice these exercises, the jaw muscles stops pushing the jaw into wrong position. Instead, it guides the jaw joints into right place and that way heals your TMJ.
2)Consider how close the tongue is to the jaw. It’s no wonder how important it is to remove any tension from this muscle. You do that using simple tongue exercises.
3)Most people never pay any attention to the muscles around the throat. These muscles play, however, a very important role in your body’s function and need to be fit. The throat exercises will do just that. (see secondary throat symptoms).
4)There is almost no separation between the neck and shoulders and jaw muscles. If one is stiff, the others tense up immediately. That makes the neck and shoulder exercises as important as the direct jaw exercises.
5)Don’t underestimate the importance of breathing. Lack of oxygen flow to muscles weakens them and makes them stiff. One more contributing factor to TMJ. The breathing exercises inflate your muscles with oxygen, giving them extra boost to heal.
These exercises have been practiced successfully by thousands of people suffering from TMJ and it still surprises me how effective they are, considering how many causes lie behind this complex condition.
But before you get your hope to high, I’m going to be brutally honest…
It varies a lot how quickly people receive relief using these exercises. Some people get healed almost over night. Others need up to 2 months to get acceptable results. You’ve been developing this condition for years (even if you just recently experienced the symptoms). So be patient waiting for results.
The exercises rebuild your jaw function little by little.
The the muscles around the jaw must first regain their old strength and flexibility. Then the jaw muscle will guide your jaw joints into their natural healthy position. This usually happens slowly and gradually.
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