It can be challenging and uncomfortable trying to live with the pain associated with TMJ syndrome. The good news is that there are many things that you can do to alleviate it. However, there are also a number of things that can make it worse. Below are the dos and don’ts for effectively managing TMJ syndrome.
- DO Watch What You Eat
Hard foods or foods that are difficult to chew, may aggravate TMJ pain. With this in mind, many experts recommend eating a healthy diet of softer foods. Consider softening food items like crunchy vegetables by steaming them – in this way, you will be able to hold on to all of those essential nutrients.
- DON’T Clench Your Jaw
This is a common reaction to pain but, obviously, it is only going to make your TMJ pain that much worse. Try to be mindful of when you are clenching your jaw, and take your attention to loosening and relaxing that area every time you remember.
- DON’T Bite Your Nails
Biting your nails or absentmindedly chewing on your pen or pencil, forces you to thrust your jaw forward, ultimately leading to strain and, as a result, even more pain.
- DO Seek Treatment
There is no reason why you should continue to suffer from TMJ pain and symptoms. There are many different courses of TMJ treatment to choose from; however, we recommend that you seek out a natural treatment for best results. TMJ surgery is usually easily avoided with the help of natural treatments like those on offer at The Head and Neck Centers of Excellence.
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