Understanding TMJ: Your Guide to Relief and Well-Being

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Dr. Nikki Cohen Understanding TMJ: Your Guide to Relief and Well-Being San Diego

Understanding TMJ: Your Guide to Relief and Well-Being

Are you constantly battling discomfort and annoyance in your jaw? If so, you're not alone. TMJ, or TemproMandibular Joint disorder, is one of the most common ailments affecting people today. Let's dive into TMJ, why it happens, and how to find relief.

What is TMJ and Why Does it Matter?

The TMJ is at the top of your jaw, right in front of your ears. This crucial joint connects your skull to your mouth, acting as a hinge to open and close your mouth. While this joint is essential for eating, it can become stressed due to various factors, leading to pain and discomfort.

Common Causes of TMJ Stress

You might be surprised to learn that some everyday activities can exacerbate TMJ issues. Here are a few to watch out for:

  • Chewing gum
  • Undergoing dental work
  • Maintaining poor posture
  • Teeth clenching
  • Stress (a significant contributor!)

The Limitations of Conventional Solutions

Often, a dentist may recommend using a mouth guard as a preventive measure to shield your teeth from damage caused by clenching.

While this is a protective measure, it doesn't address the root cause of the clenching itself.

Uncovering the Root Causes of TMJ

Holistic Approaches to TMJ Relief

Finding relief from TMJ involves more than just treating symptoms. It's about getting to the heart of the issue. Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation are excellent methods for uncovering the underlying causes of stress and teeth clenching contributing to TMJ pain.

Self-Reflection as a Tool for Healing

Another powerful approach is self-reflection. Asking yourself critical questions about your life can be incredibly revealing:

  • What am I resisting?
  • What am I holding on to?
  • What should I be communicating?

The Combined Power of Bodywork and Self-Inquiry

Combining bodywork with a journey of self-inquiry can lead to a fundamental shift in your well-being, offering significant relief from TMJ disorders.

Ready to Start Your Journey to TMJ Relief?

As a dedicated San Diego Pelvic Floor Therapist, I support you on your journey to relief and well-being. Serving La Mesa, Little Italy, and Ocean Beach in San Diego, CA, I specialize in addressing TMJ holistically.

Dr. Nikki Cohen, PT, DPT
San Diego Pelvic Floor Therapist
Serving La Mesa, Little Italy, and Ocean Beach
San Diego, CA 92115
📧 [email protected]
📞 (818) 606-6717

Schedule your consultation today: Call (818) 606-6717 or email [email protected].