Have you suffered from jaw pain without finding lasting relief?
These secrets may give you hope for a better quality of life.
Jaw issues are not simple, and each profession that addresses them has a primary focus: dentists help with teeth, chiropractors manipulate the spine, acupuncturists balance your energies, medical doctors prescribe drugs and do surgery.
Muscles hold the bones in place, and tense asymmetrical jaw muscles are responsible for most jaw pain. Massage therapy can relieve muscle tension — yet few massage therapists know how to work on the small internal jaw muscles.
Habits play a role in continued jaw pain — habits like clenching, grinding, chewing on one side, poor posture. You can learn to replace these habits with better ones.
Stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We need to be alert and ready to take action sometimes. And then, ideally, we quickly return to a state of relaxation, where we feel calm and centered and our bodies can repair and optimize themselves. You can integrate calming practices into your life.
Take the Jaw Pain Quiz and determine your next best step.
It takes about 3 minutes. Tally your YES answers to these 25 questions about your symptoms, history, habits, stress, and quality of life. At the end, based on your answers, get some ideas on where to go next.
Does your jaw pain average at least a 4 on a 0 to 10 scale (where 0 = no pain and 10 = the worst pain imaginable)?
Does your jaw feel tight at times?
Is it difficult to chew some foods?
Is it difficult to open your mouth wide enough to receive dental work?
Does your jaw make a noise when you open and/or close your mouth?
Have you ever experienced jaw pain of at least a 6 on a 0 to 10 scale?
Have you experienced jaw pain for at least 6 months?
Did you experience an accident or injury that caused or worsened your jaw issues?
Have you ever been prescribed a dental appliance, such as a mouthguard, nightguard, or splint?
Do you have structural imbalances in your body (for example, a pelvic tilt or abnormal spinal curve)?
Do you clench or grind your teeth (or both)?
Do you have tooth damage from clenching or grinding?
Is it difficult to maintain good posture consistently through each day?
Do you have restrictions in your body’s ease and range of movement?
Is one side of your body noticeably stronger than the other?
Do you spend more time tense/anxious/stressed than calm and relaxed?
Have you ever experienced prolonged stress that lasted longer than six weeks?
Do you notice that your jaw symptoms get worse when your stress gets worse?
Is it difficult to relax deeply while awake, unaided by substances?
Is it difficult to maintain a regular self-care program?
Quality of Life
Do your jaw issues affect your sleep?
Have you felt frustrated or disappointed when seeking help for your jaw issues?
Has jaw pain affected your motivation?
Have these issues affected your self-esteem?
Do you feel helpless about resolving your jaw issues?
What’s the right next step for you?
Count your YES answers to the above 25 questions.
If you answered YES to at least 15 of the questions, I’m sure you have better things to do than continue to suffer. You could benefit from taking the Self-Help for Jaw Pain online course, learning to treat yourself.
If you had fewer than 15 YES answers, your jaw issues are likely on the milder side. Taking the course may not be right for you at this time (or perhaps now is the perfect time to take it, to prevent future suffering).
If you have questions, why not schedule a call with MaryAnn, or join her Facebook group, Word of Mouth?