TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is the term given to the inflammation of the joint which connects the lower jaw to the skull. This is because, the cartilage between the joints get displaced, resulting in the nerves that govern the senses getting stretched, causing inflammation.
Women tend to be more prone to TMJ than men. With the appropriate amount of rest, a person can recover within two weeks.
Many people with TMJ disorder experience pain, difficulty in moving their jaw and neck aches. There is surgery to correct this defect as well as proven home remedies. TMJ dysfunctions can be extremely discomforting and can affect your daily life. Something as mundane as eating can be a painful chore.
A surgery is difficult because of the placement of this ailment. Surgery is always the last resort. The tissue around the jaw scars easily after surgery, and is also tough to cut open. That is why many people go in for home remedies; they are safer, cheaper and have a chance of curing the ailment.
A home TMJ treatment consists of jaw exercises, aimed at strengthening the muscles around the neck, jaw, throat and shoulders.
Sometimes doctors prescribe splint plates. Splint plates are plastic pieces fitted over the teeth, to prevent the teeth from grinding together. Splint plates resemble mouth guards.
Regular physical exercise can also be a part of TMJ treatment. Exercise burns away chemicals such as cortisol and norepinephrine that cause stress. Hence the unconscious mind no longer has to relieve stress via constant jaw-clenching.