TMJD can cause plenty of pain and discomfort, and symptoms can vary from mild to severe. It is recommended that you seek the advice from a doctor who is a specialist regarding TMJD treatment options.
However, considering the current state of the world in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, it is worthwhile to attempt an at-home regimen and strategies to be able to comply with the stay at home recommendations.
Here is a breakdown of how you can alleviate pain associated with TMJ without leaving your home.
There are several TMJ exercises that you can do at home. For example, you can try chin tucks to help reduce tension in the jaw. Make sure that you are standing upright with your shoulders back before drawing your chin into your neck and holding for a few seconds. Repeat as necessary.
Another good TMJ exercise to try is the goldfish exercise. Put one finger on your TMJ and the other on your chin. Place your tongue on your upper palate and relax your jaw. Use the finger on your chin to gently open and close your mouth like a goldfish.
Moist heat is often the best source of relief for pain associated with TMJ. Warm up a soft washcloth in hot water and place it directly onto the affected area.
Adjust your diet
Avoid chewing on hard foods when your TMJ disorder is acting up. Soft food, such as fruit, mashed potato, etc. will help to ease the discomfort and prevent the pain from getting worse before you can obtain professional TMJ treatment from a specialist.
Watch your stress
High levels of stress and tension can exacerbate TMJD conditions. Typically, stress can be a catalyst for clenching and grinding leading to muscle and jaw strain. As a means of coping, strategies such as stretching, yoga and meditation can be useful.
Here at the Head and Neck Centers of Excellence, we have a unique evaluation and treatment approach that is non invasive and precise. For more information, or an immediate virtual consultation appointment, please do not hesitate to get in touch.