If you think a headache is painful, then you’re about to learn a lesson about jaw pain. Ear, nose and throat specialists deal with all three of these areas of the body because they all link. If your nose is stuffed up and your sinuses are aching, the chances are that your ears and your throat will be affected, and when these are affected your jaw might swell up and cause you agony. There are many different underlying conditions in your health that can make your jaw flare in pain, but it’s usually things like temporomandibular joint dysfunction that can cause joint pain.
Of course, this isn’t the only cause of jaw pain. If you are dealing with pain or clicking in your jaw, you should be thinking about seeing your local dental centre for help. They can give you an x-ray and ensure that your jaws are opening as well as they should be. While you might know the reason behind your jaw pain, you need to know how to get rid of it and manage it as much as possible. This isn’t something that should be a part of your daily life and here are some of the ways that you can get rid of it.
- Exercises. Other than eating and talking, you can stretch your jaw muscles and strengthen them by performing a range of jaw exercises. These will help to stretch and relax the jaw as well as increase its mobility. You can do these at home if you want to, which will help you to have a little privacy and not look insane while you do it!
- Manage your stress. When we are stressed out, we grind our teeth. This puts pressure on the jaw, and it can contribute to stress and pain on it. Learning to manage stress can prevent you from grinding your teeth, and you can do this with yoga, meditation, journalling and more.
- Massage. There are plenty of massage techniques that can be used in the jaws to help you to feel relaxed and to relieve the pain in your jaw. With these massages, you can ensure that you are pain free and you can move the muscles in a way that helps them to feel pain-free.
- Change cooling and warming. Cooling packs and heat packs can help with any swelling you may be feeling in your jaw, and this can help to alleviate any pain you might be dealing with.
- Speak to your doctor. If the pain becomes too much, speak to your doctor about painkillers and ways to manage your pain appropriately. They will be able to alleviate your pain with medicine and keep on top of a regime that allows you to feel relief.
- Reduce your caffeine intake.. It may feel good to drink it but too much caffeine contributes to muscle tension and pain. If you have tension through these muscles, you are going to increase your experience of pain.
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