TMJ Pain Relief

One in four Americans suffers from TMJ or TMD symptoms. The symptoms can range from clicking of the joint when opening to severe debilitating pain. Not only can the TMJ be affected, the back of the head, shoulders, neck can also be affected. Less recognized areas affected are: pain in the lower back and tingling in the tips of fingers and toes. If symptoms are left untreated the acute symptoms can become chronic leading to arthritis, reduced motion in the limbs and extremely cold sensation in the hands and legs. These symptoms may be temporary running their course with no recurrence or can last for years.

So, what is responsible for TMJ pain and other associated areas of discomfort? One of the main factors in TMJ pain is stress or emotional upheavals. This can cause clenching and/or bruxism (grinding) of the teeth. Trauma to the jaw joint is also responsible for a great number of TMJ disorders. Even a small blow to the joint can create this inflammatory response. Dental issues can also be responsible for TMJ pain. Ill fitting dentures, tooth removal or any minor or major dental surgery, missing teeth, advent of premolars and growth of wisdom teeth are some of the dental issues that can result in TMJ pain.

This causes the muscles surrounding the TMJ joint to become inflamed and tighten. Over a period of time, the stress on the tensed muscles, put pressure on the joint which can cause the muscles to shorten and result in misalignment of the joint.

Since the causes of TMJ disorder vary, the approach to treating TMJ disorders should be multi dimensional. There are a wide variety of treatment options available for TMJ pain, ranging from simple exercises, nutritional changes to complicated surgical corrective surgeries.

Natural cures for TMJ pain and disorder cause little or no side effects and many times little or no out of pocket. Probably the easiest and one of the most effective remedies would be proper diet. Not only is proper diet good for the rest of the body getting some essential nutrients will relax the muscles that have tightened which in turn reduces the pain. Water is one of the keys. When dehydrated, the muscles will tense up. Not drinking enough water and/or drinking high caffeinated drinks (dehydrating) will keep the body in a constant state of dehydration which tenses the muscles. Hydrating the body relaxes the muscles thus relieving the pain. Also magnesium rich foods and calcium relax muscles.

Relaxation exercises relax the muscles around the jaw, neck, shoulders etc reducing the pain associated with tense muscles. Take your fist and clench the fist as hard as you can, after a short period of time those muscles become very fatigued. That is what happens with the muscles associated around the TMJ. Now relax the fist, just opening your fist slightly and feel how the muscles relax and the pain goes away. The point is relaxing exercises will relax those muscles around the TMJ, relieving the pain.

Other natural cures include: massage, acupuncture, meditation and hypnotherapy.

One or more of these natural cures not only will help relief TMJ pain, but also can cure the symptoms for good.

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Carpal Tunnel Support – A Practical Approach to Pain Management

Have you heard of wrist braces? Among the common conservative approaches to managing the pain caused by carpal tunnel, support braces worn on the wrists are the safest approach. Wrist braces and splints are usually recommended along with certain lifestyle changes to help ease pressure on your median nerve and relieve the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. This approach works to stabilize the carpel tunnel in its neutral position and keep it in its widest diameter. This positioning effectively eases the pressure on the nerve. Ideally, the brace or splint should be worn all the time. But if you cannot do this, then at least wear the splint while you sleep or while you do activities that require much use of the wrists.

Splints or braces are effective because they provide carpal tunnel support to an overused joint. At the same time, it limits your movement of this part of your body. It thus forces you to avoid activities that could make the pain you are already experiencing become even worse. But what of the tasks that you cannot avoid, such as pounding away on your keyboard? Well, splints and braces still help! Carpal tunnel support braces and splints on the wrist allow you to do what you can’t afford NOT to do while minimizing the damaging impact to your neurological health.

Note that the use of wrist splints or braces can be done simultaneously with other nonsurgical, practical conservative approaches to treating carpel tunnel syndrome. Taking non-invasive, all-natural herbal supplements like Neurophine, for instance, can help in pain management and in ensuring you do not suffer CTS recurrently. Neurophine is designed to help you regain normal functioning of your hands and wrists. It contains the important vitamins B6 and C. These two important vitamins are vital to the body because if you do not have enough amounts of those in your system, your joints become weaker and less capable of high-performance functioning. I have not tried Neurophine myself but I read that its mineral contents can give one relief from inflammation thus aiding your body’s natural healing processes. Its other natural ingredients work to improve circulation. Do I intend to try it in the future? I might because it’s affordable and it’s all-natural. However, I also wouldn’t want to try it without exhausting more practical and cost-effective means first, such as wearing wrist braces or splints.

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