In the U.S. about 10 million people suffer from TMJ and 37 million suffer from migraines
TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) and migraines are two common painful symptoms that go hand-in-hand. While there is no true cure for either, there are many ways to combat these problems.
Although there are many massage types, the three that are most effective in subduing TMJ pain are kneading, friction, and stretching massages. Kneading is the constant, circular motion against the joints and muscles that are most in pain using the fingers. A friction massage works best on the mandible muscle (Lower portion of the jaw, along the jaw line) and requires the use of one’s index fingers to apply gentle constant pressure to this muscle. The stretching massage is when two thumbs are used on the muscles most responsible for the TMJ pain.
Botox is used as an alternative treatment to TMJ and jaw tension. Upon injecting into the facial muscles that are sore, Botox relieves TMJ pain and jaw tension soothing patients. These injections also eliminate headaches that have resulted from teeth grinding. Click Here for more information about Botox Injections.
Splints for TMJ are custom-made dental appliances that fit over one’s upper or lower teeth. To fit them perfectly a dentist takes an impression of the teeth and crafts the splint from that. These bite splints keep the upper teeth and lower teeth slightly apart which takes some of the pressure from TMJ off the joints and jaw. Splints also make it harder for one to grind teeth.
Through the use of light protons, this laser treatment can penetrate deep into the the tissues surrounding the temporomandibular joint and the joint itself. Laser energy decreases inflammation deep in the tissues that produces almost immediate relief.