(Closed) Any TMJ sufferers out there? how do you cope?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

For the times when stress is the major trigger for TMJ, a specialized massage and heat application (with some pain meds, if necessary) are the few things that eventually work. Some massage therapists can concentrate on your upper neck/shoulder area, even going up behind your ears, and that often helps calm the trigger muscles. Just don’t let someone rub your jaw, they could do more harm than good.

Apply gentle heat, and remind yourself to consciously relax the jaw — try not to clench it as you sit there, it will “want” to automatically. Whatever you do, don’t STOP moving and using your jaw — the more you use gentle movement to get it back to normal, the less it will seize up on you.

I also usually stick to softer, non-chewy or crunchy foods, but that depends on your tolerance. 

As someone who isn’t into yoga I can’t verify this, but a friend with stress-induced TMJ swears she can “relax it away” with a few yoga sessions. If that’s your thing, perhaps speak with your instructor about poses specifically designed to relax the upper body?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@BostonBaby:  Massage can definitely help with TMJ disorder.  There are some LMTs who specialize in working on it, and they are actually able to work on the pterygoid muscles inside of your mouth to release trigger points to relieve TMJ symptoms (Of course they wear gloves when they do so).  In Ohio they have to have permission from a doctor or dentist to be able to do so, but it works wonders.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@ames12708:  You’re welcome, I hope you feel better soon!

@Brideonabudgetlauren:  I’m going to look into this and see if I can find someone in my state & near me. When my TMJ does act up, I often get lock-jaw (open or closed) or extreme pain — it would be great to have someone who knows what to do fix it for me. 

And now that you mention it, I’ve had a dentist in the past who massaged my jaw during a procedure and prevented it from going nuts. Perhaps they were certified in something to do that.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 5 mg is the only thing that works for me. It is a muscle relaxer prescribed by my dentist. That combined with heat, like a warm wash cloth and steady breathing exercises to try to get my muscles to stop spasming is my go-to. Luckily is only happens in high-stress and if I catch it soon enough I can stop it.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

The big thing helped me was when I had braces. I have pushed my jaw back out of alignment by grinding my teeth though. Massage, heat and muscle relaxers also do wonders.

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