It is vital though that you consult a specialist to get a lay out your treatment options. If you choose to undergo TMJ therapy, it would be best to ask for your doctor’s advice on how to identify your jaw pain causes and how to approach your jaw pain treatment according to your specific needs. Your physician will then recommend some modifications to your diet and lifestyle, which have a great impact n your pain management.
The following are only a few of the TMJ therapies your doctor might recommend:
WAYS TO MANAGE JAW PAIN ON ONE SIDE
Stress is one of the biggest contributory factors in your jaw pain on one side. It could be accumulated tension from too much anxiety. Stressful situations generally causes conscious and unconscious jaw clenching, teeth grinding, and general facial muscle tensions. All these have an impact to the joints involved in your TMJ syndrome. To facilitate your stress relief, you can join yoga classes. Yoga teaches breathing techniques that are effective in helping you cope with your stresses. If you reduce your stress, your pain shall be reduced as well.
Ask your dentist or a physical therapist to introduce you to some stretching exercises that will address your problem areas for TMJ. Stretching will help to relax, repair and rebuild your jaw muscles and joints. Do not just concentrate on one side of your jaw though. The stretching must be applied evenly.
We exercise our temporomandicular joint frequently because we need them to chew and talk. This makes it one of the most overused parts of our body. To reduce the tension in the problem area, your doctor will advise you to limit its use by recommending that you shift to soft diets for a while. You can also expect to be banned from chewing gum during this time.
Conforming to a soft diet will allow you to rest the TMJ muscles and minimize the wear and tear of the joint, giving it the time to heal. Soft diet means eating only foods that don’t require you to chew too much. Usually, included in this are cooked vegetables and fruit, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, scrambled egg, smoothies, soup, yogurt, and the like. If you need to eat foods that require more chewing, cut them in small pieces to make it easier for you.
There are also certain foods that aggravate your pain. Your doctor will, of course, advise you against them. Some of these foods are those with high amounts of sugar, yeast, and preservatives. Foods rich in vitamin C and iron are also not recommended. Also minimize on wheat, dairy, salicylates (and jams, jellies, and juices which are high in salicylates).
As part of your new diet, you will stock yourself with more on red and organ meat, moderate amounts of saturated fat, broth from animal bones and tendons, which are sources of hyaluronic acid. These foods can improve the condition of your affected joint.
May of us have spend majority of our time sitting down in front of the computer. If you are also guilty of this, you should pay special attention to how you sit. Make sure that you do not remain in the same position for long periods of time. Rest your extremities like hands and arms from time to time to remove some of the stress on your muscles.
You can take control of your jaw pain on one side. There are a variety of ways to manage it. You only need to commit yourself to improving your condition. You will eventually find that the combination of medication plus these simple self-care methods can make a world of difference to your TMJ problem.