Acupuncture for TMD & Chronic Pain

When you’re suffering from TMJ pain or a full-blown TM Joint Disorder (TMD), with its tangle of head, face, jaw, neck and shoulder pain, getting rid of that pain is always the first priority. Ideally, this is accompanied by treatment of what’s causing the pain so that it stops. The easiest thing to do, of …

How One Way of Dealing with Stress Could Wind Up Stressing You Out

Stress is a normal part of life, but experience too much of it for too long, it starts to take a toll on your health.   julianrod/Flickr So we look for ways of managing it. We seek coping mechanisms, some of which can make us more stress-hardy (e.g., yoga, deep breathing, positive self-talk), and some …

Drugs and TMD

When the news came out late last week that Burt Reynolds had been in rehab for painkiller addiction, reports suggested previous drug abuse in the 1980s, “after he was diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorder, a painful condition which affected his jaw.” The drug was Halcion. Why a sleep med for dealing with TMD? If a …

A Look at the TMJ – Healthy, Functioning and Otherwise

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the “hinge” that allows your mouth to open and close, and you have one on each side of your head. Here’s what a healthy, functioning TMJ looks like:     If these joints get damaged or misaligned due to trauma or habits of clenching, grinding and bruxing, the result …

The Daily (and Nightly) Grind: A Fresh Look at a Pandemic Syndrome

by Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN These days, we’re seeing a lot of news stories that imply an increase in teeth grinding and jaw clenching due to stress from the current economic meltdown – almost as if these were relatively new phenomena. But actually, the story of grinding and clenching goes all the way back …

TMJ: Everybody’s Got It (Two of Them, Actually)

A new year, a new pet peeve. It began with a question posted at Yahoo Answers: Can you ever stop tmj? We certainly hope not! To say you want to “stop TMJ” is like saying you want to stop your elbow or knee or any other joint. For that’s what TMJ is – and all …

Grind or Clench Your Teeth?

The latest issue of Biosis: Integrated Health Solutions is now available. In it, you’ll find information on: Turning worry into something positive Grinding and clenching of teeth – why it happens, the damage it does and treatments for it How an extreme runner uses homeopathic Body Mend for support and healing Read it online now. …

Dental Stress, Stress About the Dentist and Other News of Note

tvol/Flickr Worries About Money Can Take a Toll on Your Teeth (Daily Herald) Does the sinking stock market cause you to clench your teeth? Do you wake up with a headache, sore teeth or a sore jaw? Millions of people clench and grind their teeth without realizing it, particularly while they’re sleeping. Both habits can …

Useful Reviews on TMJ/TMD, Cell Phone – Cancer Risk & Dietary Supplement Trial Bias

Temporomandibuilar Disorders (TMD): An Overview (PDF; Oral Surgery) “TMD” is a catch-all term for problems involving the temporomandibular joint and associated structures. Common symptoms include joint noises, limited jaw movement, pain and muscle tenderness in the face, neck and shoulders, ear problems and various psychosocial issues. This recent paper from Oral Surgery gives a broad …

Boosting Performance through Proper Jaw Alignment

greggoconnell/flickr From the Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville): There’s a new performance-enhancer coming to professional and amateur locker rooms. It’s not a pill, won’t fit in a syringe and can’t be blended into a shake or smoothie. Plus, it’s legal. It might sound ridiculous that a mouthguard could make a significant difference in performance, but the makers …