How Does TJz Balm Help with TMJ?
TJz has been asked the same question lately so we thought we would share the answer on our blog.
Question: How Does TJz Balm Help with Jaw Pain Relief?
TMJ is a Joint, Not a Disorder
It's important to first understand that TMJ is a joint, not a disorder. T stands for temporo, M stands for mandibular and J stands for joint. Temporomandibular means "affecting the joint between the temporal bone and the mandible bone that allows for the movement of the mandible." The temporal bone (cheek bone) is on the side and base of the skull. The mandible is the lower jawbone--the largest bone in the skull. The TMJs (one on each side of our face) act like hinges to connect the skull to the lower jaw and are considered one of the most complex joints in the body. Along with several muscles in the jaw, TMJs slide and rotate in front of each ear and allow the mandible to move in multiple directions. When aligned, normal activities like chewing, talking, yawning and swallowing can easily take place. However, disorders may develop when misaligned.
TMJ Disorders or TMD
TMJ disorders or TMD (temporo-mandibular disorders) refer to inflammation, or malalignment of the complex system described above. Symptoms include jaw pain, ear pain, facial pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, locked jaw, jaw clicking, jaw popping, discomfort while chewing or yawning and difficulty opening the mouth wide. Causes include stress, trauma or injury, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, disc displacement or derangement of the joints, myofascial tension (pain of connective tissue covering the muscles that control jaw, neck and shoulder function) and bruxism. Sometimes there are multiple symptoms and underlying causes and often cases when the cause is unclear.
Role of Bruxism
Bruxism is an involuntary habitual grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw, typically during sleep. Excessive strain on the jaw joints and the muscle group that controls chewing, swallowing, and speech may be a result of bruxism and can lead to jaw pain and TMJ disorder. While night guards protect teeth, they do not prevent the underlying problems of teeth grinding and clenching. TMJ pain relief treatments and jaw exercises can be used in conjunction with the night guard.
Chronic TMJ Disorders and TMJ Pain Relief
A recent study by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research identified clinical, psychological, sensory, genetic, and nervous system factors that may put a person at higher risk of developing chronic TMJ disorder. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, depending on the case, TMJ jaw pain may go away permanently. If symptoms of TMJ disorder persist, your doctor may recommend a variety of TMJ pain relief and treatment options, often more than one to be done at the same time.
TJz Balm™️ OTC Topical Pain Relief Medication
Over-the-counter medicine is also known as OTC or nonprescription medicine. These terms refer to medicine that you can buy without a prescription. They are safe and effective when you follow the directions on the label or as directed by your health care professional.
TJz Balm™️ is an OTC - organic topical pain relief medication that relieves pain in joints and muscles. When using TJz Balm™️ according to package directions and applying it with the massaging applicator, the formula has shown to be effective in relieving tension and relaxing painful muscles and joints by providing a heating and cooling sensation with its seven botanical ingredients. The formula was developed to also moisturize the sensitive areas around the jaw, neck and behind the ears.