Active lifestyles are the norm here in Southern California. That’s why many of our patients are concerned about whether exercise will contribute to their TMJ disorder.
The answer is the act of exercising will NOT cause a TMJ disorder. However, exercising can indirectly contribute to TMJ pain if you tend to clench your jaw or use improper form when you workout.
If you notice that you experience jaw pain or other TMJ symptoms after exercising, it could be from clenching your teeth, placing too much strain on your neck and jaw muscles, or both.
How Can Exercise Affect the Jaw?
Many people have a tendency to clench their jaw while straining to lift something heavy or while pushing their body during difficult exercises. Clenching the jaw too often can cause problems with the temporomandibular joint, such as misalignment or inflammation of the trigeminal nerve, which runs through the face near the joint.
In addition, using improper form during exercises such as sit-ups can place strain on the neck and jaw muscles. If you are not sure about your form, try talking to a personal trainer to get tips on the proper way to do your exercises. Improper form can lead not only to TMJ symptoms, but can cause injury as well.
Treatments for Jaw Pain and TMJ Symptoms
If you experience jaw pain after your workout, you can try some gentle jaw stretches to help relax your muscles and relieve the pain. Ibuprofen and a hot compress can also help in the short term. If your jaw pain goes away after correcting your form and consciously relaxing your jaw while working out, this may be all you need.
If you continue to experience jaw pain even after correcting your form and clenching, or if you experience jaw pain in addition to other symptoms, you should see us at Pasadena Pain Management for a consultation. Other symptoms that can indicate TMJ include:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Earaches or tinnitus
- Stiff, grinding, or popping jaw
TMJ disorder is typically caused by a jaw misalignment, and should be diagnosed by a dentist experienced in neuromuscular dentistry. I use sophisticated diagnostic tools to determine the cause and extent of your TMJ disorder, and offers treatment options which can include restorative and/or orthodontic dental work to align the teeth and the jaw properly
Each TMJ case is unique to the individual patient, and may require different combinations of treatments. Dental work, however, is a common solution to help realign the jaw or a bite misalignment.
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About Pasadena Pain Management
Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta® treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.
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