If you are getting the TMJ treatment you need, and are following some of the basic tips we mentioned in our last blog, read on. We have some more tips that can help you as you deal with the pain in your jaw.
You already know that a moist heat pack can help to relieve pain, but conversely, you can use an ice pack to relieve inflammation and promote healing as well. If you do use an ice pack, be careful to wrap it in a cloth and keep it on your jaw for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
If you are in treatment for TMJ and have been provided with jaw exercises to help jaw mobility and healing, do them! This type of therapy can make a big difference in managing your tmj pain.
It is recommended that you sleep on your side instead of your back or stomach, and support yourself using a pillow between your neck and shoulder.
If you are a frequent yawner, support your chin by using your fist when you yawn so that you don’t damage your joint and also to keep your jaw from locking open.
If you are on the phone a lot, whether for work or socializing, you may want to use a blue tooth wireless headphone to avoid cradling your phone with your face and shoulder. Cradling the telephone excessively can irritate the muscles in your jaw and neck.
TMJ can be treated and managed and with proper care and attention. We are happy to help you on the road to recovery and are here to help you. Please give our office a call at 801-756-0900 if you have any questions or concerns.