What are TMJDs?
TMJD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your jaw to the rest of your skull. If you have a TMJD, you may have pain in your jaw or face, or you might find it hard to open your mouth. In this article we’ll discuss TMJD treatment options, including how Chinese Medicine can help you.
TMJD Treatment: Home Remedies
Your treatment options for TMJDs may vary depending on the cause of your condition. In most cases, TMJDs can be treated through home remedies. Things you can do to treat TMJDs at home include:
- Reduce swelling by applying ice
- Eat soft foods
- Avoid excessive chewing (chewing gum, or eating overly chewy foods)
- Improve jaw movement through jaw exercises
- Manage stress through breathing and meditation exercises
TMJD Treatment: Medications
If your symptoms don’t get better with these home remedies, your doctor may recommend medications. However, medications often come with the risk of side effects. That means it’s important to do some research before taking medications, as they can sometimes end up making your health worse.
TMJD Treatment: Therapy
You may also like to try some therapies to help recover from a TMJ disorder. This could mean exercises, stretches, heat or cooling therapies, and stress management therapies.
TMJD Treatment: Surgery
In rare cases, surgery may be an option for TMJD treatment. However, surgery does come with the risk of going wrong, and could potentially worsen your condition.
How Can Chinese Medicine Help?
In Chinese Medicine, the organs within our bodies are seen as interconnected. If one organ is out of balance with the other organs, this can affect your health and cause unwanted symptoms. For example, the liver and gallbladder are two important organs in your body. They control the detoxification process and nervous system, as well as maintaining the health of your tendons and joints. But if your gallbladder or liver is too weak or out of balance with your other organs, you may get joint problems like TMJDs.
Your Chinese Medicine practitioner cares about your long-term health. This means they want to address the root cause of your condition, rather than suppressing your symptoms temporarily. To treat TMJD symptoms, your practitioner will need to address any underlying health problems like organ imbalances. Your practitioner can find out what your main underlying health problems are by analysing your symptoms and pulse.
At Centre of Balance, we can create a unique treatment plan for you based on your individual health situation. This could include treatments like acupuncture and herbal medicine. Your practitioner can use these methods to address specific health issues, like strengthening your liver or gallbladder. This can help to bring your body back into a healthy condition. When your body is functioning healthily, then it will be able to heal symptoms like TMJDs.
Overall, TMJDs are disorders of the temporomandibular joint. In most cases you can treat TMJDs through home remedies like applying ice, eating soft foods, and doing jaw exercises. In some cases, medications and surgery may be suggested as TMJD treatment options, however, these come with the risk of side effects. Chinese Medicine is a great treatment option for TMJDs, as it heals your condition by addressing the underlying health issues in your body.
For more information about how Chinese Medicine can help you treat pain problems like TMJDs, see our website at https://balancetcm.co.nz/pain-clinic-hamilton/.
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