Your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is like a sliding hinge where your jawbone meets your skull. Sometimes this joint becomes irritated or inflamed, causing pain and discomfort. While exact causes of TMJ are unknown, many people who suffer from TMJ clench or grind their teeth, even while sleeping. Common symptoms of TMJ pain are:
pain or tenderness in the jaw joint (on one side or both)
jaw clicking or popping
stiff or sore jaw muscles
locking of the jaw
You can help alleviate TMJ pain by applying an ice compress, resting the joint, avoiding chewing gum, and gently massaging or stretching your jaw and neck.
Treating TMJ Pain at Home
Laser for TMJ Pain
However, sometimes home remedies don't cure the pain. Laser therapy can direct energy straight to the problem area. This speeds and enhance your recovery by increasing blood flow to the affected muscles and connective tissues, giving them the energy needed to heal themselves. A recent study revealed a significant improvement in recovery for people treated with laser therapy as compared to those who are not.(1)
Carrasco, T G, et al. “Low Intensity Laser Therapy in Temporomandibular Disorder: a Phase II Double-Blind Study.” Cranio : the Journal of Craniomandibular Practice., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Oct. 2008, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19004308ordinalpos=12&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RV.