Jaw pain is at an all time high here in Southern California and across the rest of the U.S.. Throw the New Year into the mix, and you can bet that TMJ disorder patients are really struggling this time of year.
Other than professional TMJ disorder treatment here at TMJ Therapy Sleep Solution, there is no “quick fix” for jaw pain. However, some specialists say that acupressure — which is the practice of gently pressing down on certain points on the body — can help alleviate discomfort.
Why is Treating TMJ Pain and Inflammation Important?
It’s easy for many people to shrug off certain forms of pain, but when it comes to jaw tension, ignoring it is a recipe for disaster.
For example, ignoring a TMJ problem could cause pain in the rest of the head region. Chewing foods may become difficult. Chronic headaches may form. Some people may even experience broken teeth or fractures.
In other words, self-acupressure treatments are worth learning and using until you can get professional in-office treatment.
Here are four spots that target jaw tension and pain. Note: Start off gently and then increase the pressure to a tolerable amount. Maintain regular deep breathing for one minute.
Jaw bone point: This muscle bulges out between the upper and lower jaw, and you can feel it when you clench your molars together.
Wind screen: This point is the soft indent hiding just under you earlobe. It’s more sensitive than other points so apply a light touch.
Listening palace: This location is right in front of you earlobe. Apply pressure to both lobes simultaneously.
Wind pool: This point is located on the back of the neck at the base of the skull. There are two points a few inches from each other on both sides of the neck, and a gentle up-pressing pressure is used to relieve discomfort.
A TMJ disorder — no matter the cause — deserves immediate attention. If you are suffering, it’s time to give our office a call: 888-902-0909.