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Yoga for Jaw Pain Disorder
11 May

Yoga for Jaw Pain Disorder

What is Jaw Pain Disorder?

Most jaw pain is due to an abnormality or injury to the joint of your jaw, but there are other possible causes as well. 

Here are some of the causes of jaw pain:-

1. Temporomandibular jaw and muscle disorder (TMD):-

TMDs are the most common cause of jaw pain, affecting nearly 10 million Americans. TMD is also sometimes known as TMJ. The temporomandibular joints are the hinge joints on each side of your jaw.

Several things can cause TMD jaw pain. It’s also possible to experience TMD due to several causes at the same time. 

Causes of TMD include:

Pain from the muscles that control jaw movement

Injury to the jaw joint

Excess stimulation of the jaw collective

A displaced disc that usually helps cushion the actions of the jaw

Arthritis of the protective disc that cushions the jaw joint

Damage to the jaw joint or the muscles that control your jaw movement can be caused by several factors, including:-

Grinding your teeth at night

Involuntarily clenching your jaw due to stress and anxiety

Trauma to the jaw joint, such as getting hit in the face while playing sports

There are also less common causes of jaw pain. These include:


2. Cluster headaches:-

Cluster headaches typically cause pain behind or around one of the eyes, but the pain can radiate to the jaw. 

Cluster headaches are one of the most painful types of problem.


3. Sinus problems:-

The sinuses are air-filled cavities located close to the jaw joint. 

If the sinuses become infected with a germ, such as a virus or a bacterium, the result can be an excess of mucus that puts pressure on the jaw joint, causing pain.


4. Tooth pain:-

Sometimes severe tooth infections known as dental abscesses can cause referred pain that radiates to the jaw.


5. Trigeminal neuralgia:-

Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition that’s most commonly caused by nerve compression on the trigeminal nerve that provides sensation to a significant portion of the face, including the upper and lower jaws.


Statistics of Jaw Pain Disorder:-

According to statistics published in the Journal of the American Dental Association in 1990, 44% to 99% of TMJ (Jaw Pain) problems caused by trauma.

The prevalence of  Jaw Pain also known as temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder (TMJD) is between 5% and 12%. Unusual for chronic pain conditions, the prevalence rates of TMJ disorders are higher among younger persons.

Jaw pain in your jaw pain causes between the age of 18-34.

Due to Jaw Pain,  Symptoms are Joint sounds, Difficulty opening jaw, Bruxism, Sensitive teeth, Burning mouth and Chewing difficulty.

Source:- https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/


Yoga for Jaw Pain Relief:-

1. Ujjayi Pranayama (Victorious Breath):-

Ujjayi pranayama slows down your breath, regulate it, and helps in gaining mental focus. 

It also forms the base for several other asanas.


2. Simhasana (Lion pose):-

The Lion pose relaxes the facial muscles and relieves it of tension.


3. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward facing dog pose):-

This inverted pose improves the flow of blood to the face and head region. 

It relieves the tension in the jaws.


4. Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

The Camel pose stretches and massages muscles in the neck region thus helping relieve tension in the lower jaw.


What food to eat while suffering from Jaw Pain:-

Starchy grains, especially wheat

Dairy

Sugar 

Yeast

Scrambled eggs

Fruit and yogurt smoothie

Hot cereals (e.g., Cream of Wheat, grits, oatmeal, porridge)

Cottage cheese

Yogurt

Applesauce

Beans

Fish

Soft chicken

Ground Meat

Tofu

Well-cooked vegetables

Creamed spinach

Avocados

Quinoa

Farina

Macaroni and cheese

Mashed potatoes and gravy

Meatloaf

Soups

Foods with a high content of salicylates such as jellies, jams, juices.


So these are the food to eat and yoga asanas to do while suffering from Jaw Pain Disorder.


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