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TJz Balm™ Organic Night-time Topical Pain Relief Balm & Jaw Moisturizer

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Masseter Muscle Release

  • Apply TJz Balm to the jaw area.
  • Place your middle knuckle just underneath your cheekbone
  • Use small kneading circles or constant pressure to work your way down the length of the muscle to the lower jaw, while gently opening and closing your mouth
  • Repeat on other side

Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) Massage

These are the large muscles on each side of your neck
  • Turn your neck in one direction so the muscle becomes pronounced on the opposite side
  • Apply TJz Balm to the area
  • Gently and slowly pinch up and down the muscle, working in TJz Balm
  • Repeat on other side

Trapezius Muscle Massage

  • Apply TJz Balm to the area
  • Pinch your traps and massage the back of your neck with your fingers (or use a massage tool)
  • Repeat on other side

TMJ Temporalis Muscle Massage

TO AVOID CONTACT WITH EYES, DO NOT USE TJZ BALM FOR THIS MASSAGE
  • Make a fist and place your middle knuckle on your temple
  • Drag your knuckles toward the back of your head along the fibers of the muscle
  • Repeat several times on each side
 

Keep away from eye area.

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Our Promise
Organic. 100% Botanical. No synthetic chemicals. PCO-certified organic. No animal testing. Dermatologist reviewed. GMO-free. Made with seven botanical ingredients. Produced in the USA with global ingredients. FDA-OTC compliant. 

Soothes and Relaxes the Jaw Area
Contains organic lavender to help promote sleep.
Effective pain relief, yet gentle on the sensitive skin around the jaw, neck and behind the ears.

Did You Know?
One in three people suffer from night-time teeth grinding, clenching, jaw pain and sleep disruption related to bruxism and TMJ disorder.

TMJ Pain Relief Tips & TMJ Remedies

Do you suffer from TMJ headaches?

The number one symptom related to chronic teeth clenching and grinding is headaches.

How does jaw pain contribute to headaches?

The brain receives pain signals from nerves, which are triggered due to muscle dysfunction in the jaw. Swollen or inflamed muscles around the jaw or neck can put pressure on these nerves, which leads to headaches.

How to stop chronic jaw pain and TMJ headaches?

Try putting your jaw in the most relaxed position in order to relax the muscles around the jaw. This will remove pressure on the nerves.

What is a relaxed jaw position?

1) Tongue is resting up on the roof of the mouth.

2) Teeth are slightly apart.

3) Lips are gently touching.

Are you self-managing your TMJ symptoms?

Self-care is essential to managing TMJ disorders and bruxism.

Here are six self-care “Do’s and Don’ts”:

1) Avoid hard-to-chew foods such as steak, almonds, baguettes, whole apples, raw carrots, bagels, chips and beef jerky. Chewing hard foods puts excess pressure on the joints and muscles. Instead stick to a soft foods diet. Soft foods can be nutritious and delicious. Here are a few examples: Combine fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and milk in a blender to make a smoothie. Combine cooked fruit with yogurt for a snack. Sauté scrambled eggs with cooked rice and peas for an easy vegetarian meal. Checkout the TJz Blog for a variety of healthy soft foods recipes! 

2) Make a conscious effort to stop clenching and grinding during the day. It is hard to control this while sleeping at night, but during the day, be aware of the positioning of your jaw and teeth. Remember, teeth slightly apart, tongue resting on the roof of your mouth, and lips gently touching. For night-time relief, apply TJz Balm™.  

3) Avoid opening your mouth as wide as you can. In fact, it’s not good to open your mouth more than 85% of your maximum opening, even when eating a big sandwich or yawning. Instead make an open-faced sandwich and clock in eight hours of sleep each night!

4) Stop biting your nails and chewing on pens. Keeping your nails short and manicured curbs the urge to gnaw on them. Chewing pens is not hygienic, so buy a good metal one and in no time that habit will stop. Consider investing in a stress ball.

5) Don't rest with your fist propped up on your jaw. This puts lateral pressure on the jaw. Your jaw is built for up and down pressure, not sideways pressure.

6) Try to avoid or reduce caffeine, especially if you’re a coffee and cola drinker. Caffeine dehydrates the muscles. Do drink lots of water and herbal teas to stay hydrated.

Dehydrated and overworked muscles send out pain signals to the brain.

Are you massaging the masseter muscle for jaw pain relief? 

The masseter is the largest muscle in that jaw that plays a major role in chewing food. Try this masseter "release" massage in conjunction with applying TJz Balm™ to reduce jaw pain, tension and headaches associated with TMJ disorders.

How to massage the masseter: Place your knuckles, fingertip pads or TJz Balm™ applicator tip just underneath your cheekbones. Apply gentle pressure to the muscle beneath the cheekbone (masseter muscle) and stroke downward toward the corner of your jaw while slowly opening and closing your mouth. Repeat 10x. It's that simple!

Are you doing TMJ exercises to address jaw problems?

According to a study published in the Journal of Dental Research, therapeutic TMJ exercises help jaw function recovery compared to using a mouth guard or bite plate.

Here are a few jaw exercises recommended by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the Royal Surrey County Hospital to practice for jaw pain relief:

1) With shoulders back and chest up, pull your chin straight back, creating a “double chin.” Hold for three seconds and repeat.

2) With your tongue touching the roof of your mouth, slowly open and close your mouth.

3) With your mouth slightly ajar and teeth apart, slowly move your jaw from side to side. As the exercise becomes easier, open your mouth slightly wider and repeat.

4) Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth and one finger in front of your ear where your TMJ is located. Using your other hand, place your middle or pointer finger on your chin. Drop your lower jaw halfway and then close. There should be mild resistance but not pain. A variation of this exercise is to place one finger on each TMJ as you drop your lower jaw halfway and close again. Do this exercise on both sides.


As a general guideline, try two to three sets with six to ten reps. Please go at your own pace and ask your physical therapist how many reps and sets would be ideal for your jaw condition.  


*If you are in a state of acute jaw pain, speak to your healthcare provider before doing these jaw exercises. Gentle jaw stretches may be more therapeutic during acute jaw pain. 

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