Question by : What can i do to relieve pain from tmj?
Answer by Kimberly Rex, Repatterning Practitioner
A) The following is a self-acupressure routine once or twice a day to relax your jaw muscles, help you maintain the full range of motion in this joint, release chronic tension, and prevent further jaw problems. Pain is the blockage or disruption of energy. With this process, you will feel a shift in energy through sensation of pulse.
Acupressure Points for TMJ ( from Acupressure’s Potent Points by Michael Reed Gach )
1. Place the heel of your hand between your upper and lower jaws in front of the ear lobe, and gradually apply firm pressure. You’ll feel a muscle pop out when you clench your molars together. Press directly on the jaw muscle with our teeth slightly apart, breathing deeply, for one minute. Move your jaw left and right, taking a few more deep breaths.
2. Place your fingertips on the same area for another minute breathing deeply. Gradually increase the pressure on your jaw with your middle fingertips (with ring and index fingers close beside) to create pressure. Take long and deep breaths with your eyes closed in order to release tension in your jaw muscles. Do this until you feel a pulse in your fingertips confirming the movement of energy.
3. Place your middle fingers underneath your ear lobes and gradually apply pressure into the acupressure points in the indentations behind your jawbone. Hold for a minute or as long as you can as you continue breathing deeply.
4. Place your middle fingertips in your from your ear openings in the indentation that will expand when you open your mouth. Then place your index and ring fingertips on either side of the middle finger as you press into the hollow between the bones. Concentrate on applying firm pressure for one minute on the lower of the three points for healing the jaw. Spend a few more minutes firmly pressing this point on each side.
5. Place your thumbs underneath the base of your skull in the indentations that lie 2-3 ” from the center of your spine on each side. Slowly tilt your head back, pressing up and underneath your skull as you continue to take long, deep breaths. Do this until you start to feel a pulse under your fingertips.
6. Self-Acupressure Facial Massage: Use the tips of your middle fingers to massage slowly from the base of the nose between the eyes down to the sides of your nostrils several times. Next, place your fingertips firmly on your jaw muscles and clench your back teeth together, massage these muscles in a slow, circular motion while taking long, deep breaths covering small area as you massage.
7. With the heels of your hands, slowly rub your skin up and down the sides of your face from your jaws to your temples several times. Remember to continue with your long, deep breath.
8. Now, massage the sides of your face in circular motion with your fingertips, using firm pressure on the jaw muscles, and temples.
B) Chiropractic Suggestion:
First, open your mouth wide and observe the movement of the jaw.
Place the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth and slowly move your jaw up and down. To ensure that the movement is only up-and-down, you can place your finger on your chin with very slight downward pressure.
This will retrain your muscles in the proper jaw movement. Do this as often as possible, several times a day.
Sleeping on your back with a cervical pillow can help as well.
C) See this article for more tips on prevention and condiderations: http://www.fortcollins-massage.com/pain-relief-for-tmj.html