Natural Ways to Relieve TMJ Pain
In addition to your treatment plan, there are other ways to relieve your TMJ pain in the meantime. To start, you can apply a moist heat pack wrapped in a towel to your jaw. This will reduce pain and also increase the function of your jaw. You can switch back and forth between moist heat and an ice pack. Make sure to also wrap the ice pack in a towel and only apply for 10 to 15 minutes.
To relieve TMJ pain, you can also avoid eating crunchy or chewy foods that require you to chew too much. For best practice, stick with soft foods for a few weeks to see if it reduces your pain. You should also avoid chewing gum as it overworks your jaw.
Patients can also find relief from taking over the counter pain medications, sleeping on their side, and practicing relaxation techniques. Reducing your stress through meditation, yoga, or a massage can help loosen up your TMJ joint and help you relax. You can also support your chin when you yawn to prevent your jaw from locking up.
With these natural remedies combined with an actual treatment plan designed by Dr. Clancy, you can expect to start experiencing relief in the next few weeks. It’s important to stay patient during the recovery time.
TMJ is a serious condition, but with the right approach, you can get your life back. Please contact the neuromuscular dentists at Divine Smiles today at (781) 396-8558 to arrange a TMJ consultation. We are pleased to serve patients in Woburn, Winchester, and the Greater Boston Area.