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Do you suffer from or have been diagnosed with TMJ pain?
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint that allows you to open and close your mouth. It can be the source pain related to headaches, jaw pain, tooth pain and more. Just like any other joint in your body, it can undergo degeneration which may lead to arthritis of the joint. There are many treatment options that you can seek to help with your TMJ pain including soft tissue therapy, acupuncture, manipulation/mobilization of the joint and more. But, did you know that you can help manage you own pain with simple nutritional agents?
Anti-inflammatory agents can help to reduce the inflammation related to joint deterioration that influences joint pain. Natural anti-inflammatory agents include:
Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s): EFA’s help to block the production of inflammation and can be found in the following:
1. Evening Primrose Oil
2. Borage Oil
3. Hemp Oil
4. Flaxseed Oil
5. Borage Seed Oil
6. Fish Oil
Boswelia: Used as an anti-inflammatory, derived from the boswelia tree bark also helps to inhibit the inflammatory process.
White Willow Bark: Derived from the willow tree acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.
Bromelain: Found in pineapples, contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help with arthritis and other inflammatory joint problems.
Quercetin: Found in onions and apples act to inhibit the manufacture and release of histamine and also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Glucosamine Sulphate: Assists in slowing down cartilage breakdown, helps to reduce pain, swelling and stiffness of degenerative joints.
Other self help strategies for pain management of TMJ pain
1.Diet Modification – Avoid eating large foods that require full opening of the mouth. Avoid eating hard or chewy foods/candies and gum that may put strain on your jaw muscles.
2.Change of Habits– Avoid clenching your jaw. Jaw clenching may compress the joint causing pain or add to muscle tension that may also cause pain. Keep objects such as pencils, pens and finger nails out of the mouth as chewing on these items also cause stress on your jaw joint.
Making these simple changes can help with your TMJ pain and assit with your treatment goals.
Consult with your health care provider when adding supplements to your diet.