Jaw Pain Relief Checklist
Do you have trouble falling asleep at night due to jaw problems like teeth grinding, clenching and neck tension? Do you wake up in the morning with jaw pain from grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw? Lifestyle changes can help mitigate joint and muscle tension and jaw pain.
Nutrient-Rich Soft Diet Is Essential
Eating a nutrient-dense soft diet is important to maintaining a healthful and stress-free lifestyle. Food is medicine and eating right will help you sleep better. Did you know that just two ounces of tart cherry juice may help improve sleep? This may be because tart cherry juice increases the bioavailability of tryptophan and increases your body's production of melatonin. Tryptophan-rich foods are also sleep-promoting. These include milk, bananas, eggs, honey, nuts and seeds. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid (building block of protein). The body does not make it, so you must get it from your diet. As an example, spread a teaspoon of tahini on a banana and enjoy it with a warm glass of milk. Having a light snack before bedtime can be helpful if you have insomnia. However, too much food before bedtime can cause digestive problems. Checkout recipes and nutrition advice on our blog at Tjzbalm.com. TJz™ has a registered dietitian on staff.
Movement and Hydration Matter
Exercise, daily movement and stretching should be done once your physician gives you the green light. Dancing and walking around the house, count too. The key is to stay moving during the day. Hydrate with water, herbal teas and diluted juices. Maintain good posture while standing and sitting. There are many ergonomic tools to keep you aligned! Especially, if you’re sitting at a computer all day. Make sure the height of the monitor and the angle of your arms on the keyboard are correct. These dimensions differ from person to person. There are many tools from laptop stands, chair cushions, glare filters, etc. Wind down your day at a reasonable hour so that when bedtime comes around, you’re ready! Although alcohol is known to have a sedative effect, its consumption, especially in excess, has been linked to insomnia and restlessness. Alcohol also dehydrates the body.
Mental Stress Plays a Role
Mental stress plays a big part in the cause of teeth grinding, clenching and jaw problems. Massage, meditation or a relaxing yoga class can help. A simple brisk walk in the neighborhood can clear the mind. Don’t forget to breathe deeply. We often hold our breathe when we are tense. If you need to talk things out, do so with a best friend or seek the help of a psychologist or mental health therapist. Don’t take mental health lightly, it’s a pilar of our overall health.
Small Changes make a Big Difference in TMJ Pain Relief
Healthy lifestyle changes one step at a time can make a difference that lasts a lifetime. Don’t try to make too many changes at once. Change needs repetition and practice, so do it one by one.
First Of Its Kind: Topical Pain Relief Balm Made with Organic Ingredients
TJz Balm™ is an OTC night-time topical pain relief balm made with organic ingredients that can soothe the jaw thanks to its botanical ingredients. The balm has a hands-free massage applicator. The formula was created by a nutritional biochemist and her engineer son who both suffered with nighttime teeth grinding, TMJ headaches and TMJ jaw pain.
In conjunction with using a topical organic pain relief balm, your dentist may have fitted you for a night guard. While night guards do not help the underlying condition, until you gain control, it’s important to wear a night guard in order to protect your teeth.