March 20, 2017
By Chiro One Wellness Centers
Living with a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder can be challenging in many ways, especially when you’re trying to sleep. The pain and discomfort caused by muscular tension in the jaw area can spread up and around your temples, causing headaches and making it difficult to rest. The condition, also called TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) can range in severity and is often temporary but can become chronic if not addressed.
When someone has a TMD, the joint that connects their lower and upper jaw is dysfunctional, which may result in pain and other discomforts. At night, the tension in the muscles may worsen, which makes it difficult and frustrating to find a comfortable position. To help you find a well-deserved restful night, we’ve compiled a list of quick tips and chiropractor-recommended insights for managing TMD.
To learn more about the causes, symptoms, and how chiropractic treatments can help resolve your TMJ/TMD, click here.
How to Position Yourself At Night with a TMD
Sleeping with TMD is a challenge because of constant strain on the face, head, jaw, and neck. Chances are, if you wake up hurting, your current sleeping position isn’t working in your favor.
The #1 Recommended Sleeping Position
The #1 recommended sleeping position for TMD sufferers is on your back. Why? It puts zero pressure on the jaw, and it supports the neck and shoulders. You’re also less likely to grind your teeth – a common symptom many TMD sufferers exhibit.
(Bonus! This is also the optimal sleep position for your spine.)
Here are some easy TMJ-tailored techniques and bedtime tips that can help alleviate pain and keep you comfortable throughout the night.
The best way to ensure a restful night of TMJ relief is by investing in a long-term solution, and we’re not talking surgery or medication. Chiropractic care can alleviate many of the symptoms related to TMD through manipulation of the jaw and the muscles surrounding it. The therapy addresses several of the symptoms such as trouble chewing/speaking without pain, facial pain around the ears, locking of the joint, chronic tension headaches and/or sleepless nights.
With clinics in the following metro areas: Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Madison, Vancouver, and St. Louis you’ll be able to find a chiropractor near you to improve your TMJ/TMD. Make an appointment to start your wellness plan today and benefit from the individualized care you’ll receive.