Covid-19 Pandemic Delivers a Blow to The Jaw
There is an epidemic of jaw clenching and teeth grinding and it’s no secret that the stress of the Covid-19 pandemic is a contributing cause. Long term grinding can wear down teeth leading to expensive dental bills. Habitual clenching can cause aching joints and feel like a blow to the jaw, resulting in difficulty chewing. These clenching and grinding habits can create more severe temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems like clicking, crackling, and popping of the jaw.
Up until recently, the main solution was mouthguards, which protect teeth but actually encourage clenching for many people. Now, newly launched TJz Balm™, offers 100 percent botanical and organic night-time topical pain relief and also moisturizes and soothes the jaw. The massaging applicator is hands-free. There is only a pleasant, light natural odor that promotes sleep. This plant-based OTC drug should be used according to package directions. Always seek advice from your health care provider before starting any new treatment.
Here are ways to help reduce tension in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and muscles of the jaw during the Covid-19 pandemic:
- Set-up an ergonomic home office. Adjust the height of your chair so that your feet rest flat on the floor or on a footrest and your thighs are parallel to the floor. Consider using a cushion for lower back support. If you are using a laptop, try a laptop riser. Posture is important, so keep your head and neck straight and your wrists neutral. Poor head and neck positions can cause headaches and jaw pain.
- Don’t sit for more than 20 minutes at a time. It’s important to stretch, walk around and also stand. According to Cornell University professor Alan Hedge too much standing isn’t good either since some people tend to lean. Slouching, leaning and hunching shoulders forward can stress the spine.
- At the end of the day put your legs up a wall. This is a restorative yoga pose that relaxes the mind and the body and may help relieve stress and tension in the neck, back and legs.
- Practice dropping your jaw. Gentle jaw stretching and relaxing exercises may help increase jaw movement.
- Plan a relaxing bedtime routine. Turn off social media and put away the phone. Instead, read, meditate, breathe or listen to calming music. Consider soaking in a bath, putting on comfy pajamas and sipping an herbal tea before turning out the lights.
TJz Balm™ is an organic OTC topical pain relief drug that relaxes muscles and joints + moisturizes and soothes the jaw.