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If you deal with chronic pain in the temporomandibular joint, you’re likely looking for an effective way to manage your pain. Getting relief can allow you to go back to enjoying everyday things like speaking, eating, and sleeping. These simple acts can be too difficult when you have a TMJ disorder. But you may wonder:

  • What causes TMJ pain?
  • Is there anything I can do at home to relieve my pain?
  • What is the best approach to managing TMJ pain naturally?
  • How can a TMJ chiropractor in Calgary help?

We will answer these questions for you in our article.


What Are the Symptoms and Causes of TMJ Pain?

A TMJ disorder can cause numerous symptoms besides just pain in the jaw. Here are some of the more common signs of a TMJ disorder:

  • Paint that radiates toward the neck or ears
  • Face pain
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Earaches, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and vertigo
  • A clicking, popping or grinding sound when opening and closing the jaw 
  • Limited range of jaw movement
  • Headaches 
  • Inflammation around the jaw joint 
  • Difficulty sleeping 

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What causes TMJ dysfunction to occur? 

  • Head or neck trauma 
  • Bruxism (grinding of the teeth)
  • Stress
  • Arthritis
  • Misaligned jaw

It is important to note, however, that some of these underlying causes can have a similar genesis. For example, bruxism can be due to stress. A misaligned jaw or arthritis can be due to trauma. Ultimately many TMJ problems go back to the same underlying issue: misalignment of the C1 (atlas) vertebra

This is because the atlas is directly between the ears and the TMJ. When a misalignment occurs, the surrounding soft tissue shifts to compensate. This keeps the head balanced. However, it can affect the ears, the jaw, and the facial nerve, among other things. It can also affect blood flow to the head and brainstem function. This can lead to all of the symptoms of TMJ problems.

Obviously, this underlying problem needs correction to obtain long-term relief. However, before we discuss how a TMJ chiropractor in Calgary can help, we will take a few moments to give you some TMJ pain management tips you can implement at home.


TMJ Pain Self-Care and Home Remedies 

There are some ways to provide yourself some self-care at home to reduce the pain associated with TMJ dysfunction. 

  1. First of all, you can ice your jaw.

Ice is the best way to counteract inflammation, so this is particularly important if there is visible swelling. But even a little inflammation can cause pain, so it makes sense to use ice. Never put the ice or ice pack in direct contact with the skin, and be sure to use ice for no more than 20 minutes at a time. Don’t use heat on your jaw because it will have the opposite effect on inflammation. 

  1. Another way to get some relief is to give your jaw a break.

Rest it from singing or yelling and try to avoid yawning. You can also eat softer foods for a few days. Try scrambled eggs or yogurt for breakfast. Enjoy some soup. Cook fruits and veggies rather than eating them raw. Try to avoid tough meats. Definitely, don’t chew gum.

  1. A quick search can also turn up several stretching exercises you can do for your jaw.

Besides stretching, you can also massage the TMJ. The joint is about an inch in from your ear lobe. Massage in a circular motion going to the corners of your mouth and back to the TMJ. 

  1. Practicing good posture is also essential when it comes to jaw alignment.

If you work at a desk, make sure all of your monitors are at eye level so that you don’t end up adopting a forward head position. Limit mobile use to set times of the day, and hold your phone or tablet up, so you are not craning your neck so far. Pay special attention to your posture while driving. If you have to drive a long distance, stop at a rest area every couple of hours even if you don’t need the bathroom. It’s important to get out and walk. 

  1. Finally, it is a good idea to have a few tricks for managing stress when it inevitably arises.

This can help you to avoid one of the primary triggers of TMJ pain, neck pain, and headaches.


What Is the Best Approach to Managing TMJ Naturally? 

Self-care is good, but it won’t take care of the underlying cause of the pain. For that, you will want to see an upper cervical chiropractor. There is a specific form of chiropractic that focuses on the top two bones in the neck—upper cervical chiropractic. It uses diagnostic imaging to measure misalignments down to fractions of a millimeter because such a small subluxation can make a big difference in this part of the body. 

Adjustments are extremely gentle and precise. This gives the surrounding soft tissue the time it needs to heal. As a result, jaw and ear position and function can return to normal. You may rapidly notice an end to pain, headaches, vertigo, and other symptoms. Since the adjustments are long-lasting, you will only need occasional maintenance after the soft tissue has stabilized. That makes upper cervical chiropractic a cost-effective solution as well.So, if you have been struggling with chronic jaw pain, it is time to visit a TMJ chiropractor in Calgary. An initial consultation may be your first step to finally becoming pain-free. Call Vibe Health & Spine at 587-803-3354 or fill out our form to set an appointment with one of our doctors.


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