We know that yoga has numerous health benefits, including stress release, pain reduction, and improved flexibility. Some say it can even help to relieve pain associated with temporomadibular joint disorders (TMD).
But is this really the case?
Unfortunately, there isn’t much evidence yet to suggest that yoga for TMJ pain relief is particularly helpful — but it might provide other benefits that can make it worth your while.
A Look at the Research
So far, there haven’t been any studies conducted to examine if yoga can relieve pain or any other symptoms associated with TMJ disorders. However, studies have looked into how yoga can relieve pain in other areas of the body.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) notes that research has indicated yoga may help ease lower back pain and neck pain. It doesn’t specifically mention jaw pain or TMJ disorders in its review.
While scientific research has yet to weigh in on the benefits of yoga for TMJ pain, Yoga International recommends several poses that can help you relax your jaw and improve jaw alignment issues. If you are interested in practicing yoga to potentially improve jaw discomfort, it’s a good idea to speak with us before doing so that you don’t inflame the area and make the pain worse.
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.