Is Stress Leading To Your Problems With TMD?
It is not uncommon to feel stressed or overwhelmed from time to time. This is your body’s way of dealing with difficult situations. You may feel this way often if you have a high-pressure job that requires long hours and tough decisions, or perhaps you have a major event in your life, such as an upcoming wedding, that is causing you to feel overwhelmed. If you are regularly stressed, it can cause serious problems with your health. Stress can lead to problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.
Stress can also lead to other problems such as headaches, teeth grinding, and discomfort in your jaw and facial muscles. These last few symptoms are all related to the condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly known as TMD. Patients who suffer from TMD regularly experience these symptoms and can struggle with daily life. It is possible to develop TMD at any time, so it is important to get your stress levels under control before you experience a problem. Here are some tips that can help reduce your stress:
If you feel stressed or anxious, daily exercise can be a wonderful way to help. Even something as simple as a thirty-minute brisk walk can be beneficial. Yoga can also be another way to relax.
Make a List
If you feel stressed or overwhelmed, we recommend making a list of everything that you need to accomplish in your day. It will help you visualize what you need to do.
Get a Massage
If you feel extremely tense, one way to relax is to get a massage. A massage therapist can focus on the areas of your body with the most tension. There are also therapists who specialize in massaging your head and face.
If you think that you or a loved one may be suffering from TMD, we are happy to help. Be sure to contact one of our two offices, which are located in Silverdale and Auburn, WA. We look forward to helping you!