Fall season is officially upon us, which, here in Southern California, doesn’t mean a whole lot. The weather is slightly cooler… and the leaves are slightly more colorful. But it also means that much chillier weather will be coming in a few months. And while many people relish cold weather, it doesn’t bode well for those who suffer from a TMJ disorder.
Here are some tips on how to manage jaw pain during the changing seasons.
Beware of Barometric Pressure
Barometric pressure, or atmospheric pressure, is the force exerted on the Earth by the atmosphere. It changes as the seasons shift and temperatures fluctuate. Many people with TMJ disorder experience an increase in jaw pain during cold weather as the barometric pressure adds more tension to the joints.
During colder weather, people with TMJ disorder may experience more pain, soreness, stiffness and achesin the jaw, which in turn can make eating, speaking, yawning and other jaw movement painful and uncomfortable.
Tips For Managing Pain in Changing Weather
Stay warm. Try to keep your body as warm as possible. Wear jackets whenever outside. Turn on the heater and use an electric blanket indoors.
Keep moving. It’s easy to slack off on exercise during cold weather, but staying active can help your joints stay loose. Indoor swimming, yoga, Pilates and running on a treadmill are great cold-weather exercise options. Even taking small walks around the block or in your backyard can promote good circulation and help prevent your joints from stiffening or tightening.
Eat a soft food diet. Repeated jaw movement and chewing hard or crunchy foods can exacerbate jaw pain. Soups and stews not only keep you warm but can also ease stress and tension on your jaw.
Reduce your stress levels. A lot of us lead stressful lives, and unfortunately, stress is a well-known cause of bruxism (teeth grinding and jaw clenching), which in turn can lead to TMJ disorder. Work on managing your stress during changing weather patterns through exercise, deep breathing, meditation, yoga or therapy.
When to Get Help for TMJ Pain
If these tips do not help alleviate your TMJ pain, it’s time to consider professional help. At Pasadena Pain Management, we have helped hundreds of patients find the pain relief they deserve. To schedule a personal consultation, please call (626) 773-8333 today.
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.