Treat jaw pain naturally by taking calcium rich food & massage

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Jaw pain condition can be very debilitating condition and it can affect your ability to speak and eat. There are many causes which can lead to jaw pain, from your sinuses and ears to your teeth and jaw itself. This means that it is very difficult to tell if the jaw pain is caused by jaw issue or there is something else which have caused it. In the most cases jaw pain is caused by abnormality or injury to the joint of your jaw but also there are other possible causes for this condition as well. The jaw pain is associated with angina – coronary heart disease or heart attacks which typically is happening in our chest but it can spread to the jaw area. Osteoarthritis which is some type of arthritis can affect the Tempero Mandibular Joint (TMJ) and this can lead to pain when you are moving your joint. Relaxation and softening of the joints during the pregnancy which is happening due to secretion of the relaxing hormone can also aggravate the jaw pain during the pregnancy. Infection of the bone which is also known as osteomyelitis, cysts and tumors are less common causes of jaw pain. Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition of our nervous system which is causing extreme facial pain that in some cases it can involve the jaw area. Jaw pain can be associated with other symptoms such as tenderness and aching of the areas of the face or neck, difficulty chewing, tooth pain and a popping sensation. There are many doctors which are recommending medicines such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen because they can help you to reduce the jaw discomfort. But if you have decided to use some of the mentioned natural cures for jaw pain, then you need to talk with your doctor because in this way you can prevent any side effect.

Home remedies for jaw pain

Avoid caffeine: There are many cases in which our morning cup of coffee can be contributing to the muscle tension and this can be increased by the caffeine [1]. You should avoid large amounts of caffeinated coffee and tea can also help you to reduce the jaw pain over time but you may initially feel muscle tension from caffeine withdrawal when you cut it out of your daily diet.

Self – management: If you suffer from TMJ discomfort or pain, then it is very important to be aware of your own habits. You should avoid eating hard and chewy foods or chewing gum because they will put more stress on your TMJ muscles. You should keep your teeth apart with the jaw muscles relax as much as possible throughout the day. Also you should avoid stress and you need to learn which situations can cause you to clench your teeth because both are very important in preventing TMJ symptoms to return or to get worse.

Reassess those pills: There are many antibiotic or contraceptive pills which will reduce your immunity and they will increase the muscular strain and this can aggravate the TMJ pain. You need to talk with your doctor about the pills you take and their possible TMJ related implications.

Avoid chewy foods: Foods that are crunchy, tough or chewy can place too great strain on your jaw joint and also they can lead to discomfort and pain later. This means that you need to avoid some foods such as ice, chewing gum, beef jerky and apples.

Jaw exercise: You need to open your mouth as wide as you can without feeling any pain. With your mouth wide open, you should move your jaw gradually to the right and hold on for ten seconds. Then, you should return to middle. You should move your jaw gradually to the right and hold for ten seconds. You should return your jaw to the center and close your mouth. You should repeat it four to five times.

Acupuncture: There are many studies in which is said that the acupuncture can provide you a short – term relief from the painful TMJ disorder symptoms [2,3,4].

Calcium rich foods effective in allaying TMJ pain: It is known fact that an average adult needs a daily intake of ten grams of calcium. There are many calcium rich foods that are very effective natural treatments for curing TMJ such as spinach, cabbage, green peas, groundnut, almond, oranges, sesame, coconut, banana, wheat flour with husk, unpolished rich and unboiled milk. You need to rid of junk food and replace it with fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts and grains, then you will notice alleviation in the TMJ symptoms and other symptoms which are associated with the jaw pain.

Physical therapy: Stretching and range of motion exercises are designed by physical therapists and they can help you to get a relief from the jaw pain. Also they will restore the proper movement and function of the jaw. [4]

Herbal remedies for TMJ pain: There are several herbs which have been found to be very effective natural cure for TMJ. The most commonly used herbs as the natural treatment for jaw pain are: Methylsulfonylmethane – this herb is used to reduce inflammation and alleviate the muscular spasm, Kali Phosphorica – this herb is used to reduce nerve pain, Kava – this herb is used to relax nervous system, Magnesia Phosphorica – this is antispasmodic herb and also it eases the stiff muscles, Valerian officinalis – this herb is used to relax muscular tension and Rhus Toxicodendron – this herb is used to loosen stiff jaw. Extract from these mentioned natural cures can be massaged on your jaws to give you a relief from the TMJ related pain.

Vitamin B complex: When we have Vitamin B deficiency, then it can induce the stress which can result in TMJ pain [5]. In the most cases it is recommended to use Vitamin B complex capsules for around fifteen days to address any possible Vitamin B deficiency but you need to talk with your doctor about the recommended amount for you. This is a very important mineral which repairs and builds our body cartilage and it can give a relief from the swelling, stiffness and pain in joint disorders such as osteoarthritis, rheumatism and TMJ and other several other joint disorders. Glucosamine Sulfate can be very effective natural cure for TMJ. It is characterized by cartilage deterioration. But this element has also some side effects and this is a reason why you should take this natural cure under the guidance of your doctor. Gingko Biloba is one of the richest sources of Glucosamine Sulfate which is found in natural form. Spinach and raw parsley are other natural sources of Glucosamine Sulfate.

jaw painnatural treatments for jaw pain

Stress reduction: You should try stress – relieving techniques which can help you to reduce the jaw clenching [4]. These techniques are including meditation, journaling and yoga. The mentioned activities can help your risk of jaw pain if this condition is caused by stress.

Massage the affected joint: You should use your middle finger and index finger to press the sore areas of your jaw. This is the area right before your ear where your jaw joints meet. You should rub in a circular motion for five to ten seconds rotations, then you should open your mouth and you should repeat this exercise. You should massage the muscles on the side of your neck because this can also help you to get a relief from the jaw tension. [4]

Apply moist heat or ice packs: You should place ice in a plastic bag. Then, you should wrap it in a thin cloth and then you should apply this natural cure to your face. Hold it for ten minutes. Then, you should take it off for ten minutes before you reapply it. Also there is another option which you can use as your natural treatment for jaw pain and that is to run warm water over a washcloth and then you should apply it on your jaw area. The moist heat can relax your overactive jaw muscles and also it can give you a relief from the pain. You may have to re – wet the washcloth several times because in this way you will maintain the heat. Also you can use ice or heat packs purchased at a pharmacy. But they need to be covered in cloth at all times because in another way they will burn your skin. If you feel too cold or too hot, then you should remove it.

Change defective sitting posture habits: It is known fact that the wrong sitting posture is the major cause for TMJ pain. You need to make a habit of sitting as erect as you can. If your job requires sitting for long hours, then you should ensure that you will use a chair with correct lumbar support. You should take short intermittent breaks to relax and stretch your spines. We know that habits are hard to change but if you have noticed that you are slouching on the desk, then you should try to get back to correct posture. [4]

Plain body massage: Plain body massage with tea tree oil, bergamot oil, juniper oil or sandalwood oil, or any other type of essential oil, can help you to improve blood circulation and also this will give you a relief from the pain which is associated with the TMJ.

References:

[1] Wilk M, Kryzsztofik M, Maszczyk A, et al. The acute effects of caffeine intake on time under tension and power generated during the bench press movement. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2019;16:8.

[2] Wu J-Y, Zhang C, Xu Y-P, et al. Acupuncture therapy in the management of the clinical outcomes for temporomandibular disorders: A PRISMA-compliant meta-analysis. Medicine (Baltimore). 2017;96(9):e6064.

[3] Noiman M, Garty A, Maimon Y, et al. Acupuncture for treating temporomandibular disorder: Retrospective study on safety and efficacy. Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian  Studies. 2010;3(4):260-66.

[4] Gil-Martinez A, Paris-Alemany A, López-de-Uralde-Villanueva I, La Touche R. Management of pain in patients with temporomandibular disorder (TMD): challenges and solutions. Journal of Pain Research. 2018;11:571-87.

[5] Mehra P, Wolford LM. Serum nutrient deficiencies in the patient with complex temporomandibular joint problems. Proceedings (Baylor University, Medical Center). 2008;21(3):243-7.

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