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Treating Tmj

Jan 29, 2008
If you suffer from TMJ, you've probably come here after researching the subject for a while. The reason you're here is that you've found no reliable method. You have visited lots of information sites, maybe read some books and they all say the same thing: There is no reliable cure for TMJ!

The only thing doctors can do is give out strong pain relief medicines or muscle relaxation drugs. There is nothing else they can do.

You quickly get immune to the pain killers and they don't work for you any more. Maybe they never eased your pain at all.

Some dentist specialize in TMJ. They put a dental implant in your mouth. It may well be worth getting these implants. They may save you from grinding your teeth at night. But most likely, they won't relief your pain.

The traditional health system has no cure for TMJ!

One of the reason why it has been so difficult to find a cure for TMJ, is how complex this condition is. There is probably no single cause for all cases of TMJ. There are rather combinations of several causes. And the causes are probably both physical and emotional.

Some people begin to experience TMJ after an accident of some sort. Stress is an other trigger. But most of the time, doctors have no idea what really causes their patient's TMJ. This can be very depressive for people who suffer this condition. Lets look at the bright site: what do we know?

What we know for a fact about TMJ is, the jaw joints are always misplaced in some way. It doesn't necessarily have to be complete misplacement (although sometimes it is). Small wrong misplacement can be enough. And the symptoms can be both nerve racking and painful...

Clicking, popping jaw joints ...Grating sounds ...Jaw locking opened or closed ...Extreme pain in cheek muscles ...Uncontrollable jaw or tongue movements ...Clenching or grinding at night ...Discomfort or pain to any of these areas ...Limited opening ...Inability to open the jaw smoothly or evenly ...Jaw deviates to one side when opening ...Inability to "find bite" with teeth ...Frequent, migraine type headaches.

... are just few obvious symptoms of TMJ.

What we also know is that the muscles around the jaw are always tense. Sometimes they're torn a little, sometimes they're sore, but they're always tense. Weak, tense muscles do not support the jaw in the right way and will actually push it out of position, making this big part of the problem.

This is similar to what happens with back problems. The back muscles are stiff and weak to begin with. Then something happens, which puts strain on the back. Maybe working in a wrong position or small injury. It didn't really feel very bad in the beginning.

As self defense, the back muscles get tense to avoid the pain. This is unconscious and uncontrollable. That's why you often see people with back problem walk bent. The back pain becomes chronic when, the tension in the back muscles actually push the spine out of place. What was only supposed to be temporarily pain relief has caused serious condition.

It's no different with TMJ. Something that probably began as minor problem (maybe small bump on the jaw or period of intense feelings) is now becoming serious problem as the jaw muscles push on the jaw joints. This, then leads to series of other problems.

The misplaced jaw causes unbalance between the left and the right jaw joints. It's like driving a car having one wheel turn left and the other right. You can imagine the strain this puts on the wheels and the steering. Well, you know the strain it puts on You.

Nerves get squeezed when the jaw joints are out of place. This is, for example, the reason many people suffering from TMJ experience loss of balance. The nerve system, controlling the jaw are directly connected to the nerves in the ear, where the function balancing your body takes place.

There is no isolation when it comes to muscles. All muscles in your body are interconnected. Either directly or through the nerve system. If your jaw muscles get tense, so will all muscles closely connected to it. Most obvious example is your neck and shoulders. I'm sure they've turned into rocks since your TMJ began to develop. Right?

Less noticeable is the tension in all the small muscles in your head. Including your other face muscles, tongue, throat and even eyes. You may also feel like your throat is narrower now than before (you're not crazy it's true).

As this tension builds up little by little, you'll begin to feel the secondary symptoms of TMJ. Including... voice fluctuations ...sore throat without infection ...swallowing difficulties ...bloodshot eyes ...tongue pain ...balance problems, "vertigo", dizziness, or disequilibrium ...feeling of foreign object in throat ...clogged, stuffy, "itchy" ears, feeling of fullness ...watering of the eyes.

...plus hundreds of other secondary symptoms!

There is no way to heal your TMJ, unless you loosen up and strengthen all the muscles connected to the jaw and the jaw muscles. This does actually not require hard effort tough. The exercises are simple and easy to do. But you have to practice them if they're are going to work for you.

1) Working directly on the jaw muscles strengthen and loosens them up. Healthy jaw muscles guide the jaw joints into right position instead of misplacing them.

2) Consider how close the tongue is to the jaw. It's no wonder how important it is to remove any tension from this muscle. You do that using simple tongue exercises.

3) Most people never pay any attention to the muscles around the throat. These muscles play, however, a very important role in your body's function and need to be fit. The throat exercises will do just that. (see secondary throat symptoms).

4) The neck and shoulder muscles are directly connected to the Jaw muscles. These muscles are usually the first one to freeze when the jaw muscles get stiff. They can, however, easily be put back into regular function using powerful neck and shoulder exercises.

5) All muscles need oxygen to function properly. Stiff muscles, reduce the amount of oxygen they can process. Using specially designed breathing exercises, you can bring these muscles back to life, so they may begin to function properly again.

Most people who practice these exercises claim to get really good relief from them. Many totally heal their TMJ permanently. This is amazing, considering how complicated this condition is.

I'm going to be totally honest with you.

This will most likely take some time and effort. The exercises take less than 10 minutes a day on the average. But you must commit to them for some period of time. Some people literally get healed over night but that's not the norm. Your TMJ has been developing for years (even if the symptoms just showed up). So give the training few weeks. Even couple of months.

It will also take some time for your jaw to gain the strain to guide your jaw joints into their healthy, natural position.
About the Author
Christian Goodman - see his natural health alternative website - is a world known health researcher. His Tmj Treatment Program has been proven extremely helpful to quickly heal TMJ, Tooth Grinding (clenching) And Bruxing.
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