Nonsurgical treatments include:Stabilization or bite splint: This main treatment for jaw muscle pain and tightness involves using a plastic guard that fits over the upper or lower teeth. “It allows the teeth to slide smoothly against each other, which lets the jaw muscles relax,” Messina says. Splinting helps to prevent clenching and grinding of the teeth. Most people wear the splint only at night, but in severe cases, Messina says, “the patient may be wearing the splint 24 hours a day, except when they’re eating.”Physical therapy: “Physical therapy involves muscle relaxation and increasing the range of motion in the joint,” Messina says. These methods may include biofeedback, stretching exercises, or ultrasound treatments. Applying warm compresses to the side of the face during exercises may be useful, too .Yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and stress management can also help ease symptoms, I say “Stress doesn’t cause , but it certainly makes it worse,” he says. Among treatments for TMD, we teach patients relaxation skills to help them cope with pain. “Patients just benefit from learning how to really relax their bodies,”Drug therapy: These treatments include anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain and prescription muscle relaxants. “If there are some severely inflamed muscles that have restricted motion because they’re in spasm – the muscles are excessively contracted or hyperactive – we can use some muscle relaxants,” ………………………………………………………………………….. Use physiotherapy principles as you would for other joints . This joint is near the centre of your ear . Eat soft foods . Try not to yawn excessively . Support and massage the area around your ear lobe (press firmly on you ear lobe with the palm of your hand and rotate in small circles . Heat packs in the area help . These treatments will slowly correct the problem . If not,we may need to consult an oral surgeon . Give the treatment one month . Be creative with physiotherapy principles . Ask yourself what you would do if it was another joint in your limbs hurting . Resting the joints would be on top of your list ….etc . The problem will in most cases go away . (and can recurr from time to time ) .
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