You’ve probably been looking for a way to heal your TMJ for some time. You may have read several articles, visited dozens web sites and even read some books. And most likely, the conclusion of all your research is:
There is no real cure for TMJ.
Your doctor is probably doing his best to relief your pain. He has most likely subscribed you strong pain relief pills. Maybe some muscle relaxation medications too. But that’s it. No more he can do.
Little by little, you get immune to the strong pain killers and other short term medications and they’ll stop working for you (if they ever did relief your pain in the first place).
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.
So why has science failed you?
It’s not really their fault. This is a very complicated this condition. There is probably no one cause for all TMJ. Most likely, it’s more like a combination of many factors. What makes this even more complicated is, the factors are most likely both emotional and physical.
Intense stress, grief, or anger often trigger TMJ. So can injuries (from a car accident for example). You may not even have noticed it when you accidentally bumped into something. Few days later, you began to feel this pain in your jaw. There is often no way of knowing what originally triggered your TMJ.
Okay, that’s enough. Lets talk about what we DO KNOW!
We do know that the Jaw joints are always misplaced in some way. It’s sometimes sever, other times it’s minor misplacement. The effects can be extremely painful and irritating at the same time…
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. You may have some or all of them. Or non at all. Like I said, this is very complicated condition.
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.
But then, the back muscles get going. They get even more tense to deal with the small problem. Then you won’t have to feel the back pain for a while. This tension in the back muscles pushes the spine out of place. Just a little bit but that’s enough. What could have been only minor problem if the person had exercised the back muscles a little, has now become a chronic problem.
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 is the beginning of series of other problems.
The two jaw joints don’t work as a team any more. You may even be rubbing bone to bone. No wonder everything is stuck. And the pain is horrible. Constant torture.
Nerves get squeezed. Either directly by the misplaced jaw or the tense muscles around it. The same nerves lie around the jaw as the ears. The same nerves that control the balance system. That’s why you may experience dizziness or lack or balance for example?
No muscle is an island. They’re all connected, either directly or through the nerve system. If your jaw muscles get stiff, all the other muscles around it will tense up too. You’ve probably experienced your shoulders and neck become more tense, as your TMJ has grown worse. This is only one example.
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!
The only way to reverse the development of TMJ and heal your self is to loosen up and strengthen both the jaw muscles and all the muscles around the jaw.
This can be done using simple, jet very powerful exercises:
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) The tongue exercises, loosen up the tongue muscle. Even healthy people have too much tension in their tongue. People who suffer from TMJ are way off balance there.
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.
But before you get your hope to high, I’m going to be brutally honest…
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.
The muscles around the jaw must regain their old strength and flexibility. So must the jaw muscle itself. But that’s not enough. The jaw muscles must guide and lock the jaw joints into natural healthy position. This happens little by little (often fraction of an inch a day).