Jaw pain is at an all time high in this country thanks to heightened stress and anxiety. Throw the holidays into the mix, and TMJ disorder patients have a recipe for disaster.
While there is no “quick fix” for chronic jaw pain, some specialists say acupressure — which is the practice of gently pressing down on certain points on the body — can help alleviate discomfort.
(RELATED: Understanding the Various Causes of TMJ Pain)
Why is Treating TMJ Pain and Inflammation Important?
It’s easy to grin and bear some forms of pain, but when it comes to jaw tension, ignoring it will only cause a domino effect of other health problems.
For example, it could cause pain in the rest of the head region. Chewing foods may become difficult. Chronic headaches may form. Some people may even experience broken teeth or fractures.
In other words, self-acupressure treatments are worth learning and using until you can get professional in-office treatment.
Here are four spots that target jaw tension and pain. Note: Start off gently and then increase the pressure to a tolerable amount. Maintain regular deep breathing for one minute.
Jaw bone point: This muscle bulges out between the upper and lower jaw, and you can feel it when you clench your molars together.
Wind screen: This point is the soft indent hiding just under you earlobe. It’s more sensitive than other points so apply a light touch.
Listening palace: This location is right in front of you earlobe. Apply pressure to both lobes simultaneously.
Wind pool: This point is located on the back of the neck at the base of the skull. There are two points a few inches from each other on both sides of the neck, and a gentle up-pressing pressure is used to relieve discomfort.
Treating TMJ Disorders at Pasadena Pain Management
A TMJ disorder — no matter the cause — deserves immediate attention. Here at Pasadena Pain Management, we specialize in treating TMD patients with a revolutionary therapy called Disclusion Time Reduction, or DTR. Instead of traditional TMJ pain treatment of mouthguards and appliances, we use a T-Scan system to compile data on a TMJ/TMD patient’s alignment inside the mouth. With this data, we can nearly permanently correct the time and force of occlusal problems. In most patients, many of the TMJ jaw pain symptoms go away within the first week after treatment has begun.
If you’re in pain from TMJ inflammation, contact us for an immediate FREE consultation.