Are you prone to grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw? Do you have consistent pain or tightness in your jaw, throat, or facial muscles? If so, you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder.
This time of year is magical; full of wonder and fond memories just waiting to be made. Unfortunately it also one of the most stressful times for many of us as we rush to keep up with mounting expectations of the season and rising costs. 77% of Canadians suffer from some form of excess stress, this according to a recent survey by Sun Life Financial’s 2013 Health Index. Even the Public Health Agency of Canada has recommendations on dealing with holiday stress and depression which you can find here if you’re having trouble managing.
What is a TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your lower jaw, or your mandible, to your skull. You have two of these joints, one located on either side of your mouth. Your TMJ is extremely flexible and can slide, rotate and move in various directions depending on your needs. The TMJ also contains muscles that allow you to open and close your mouth so you can chew, talk, yawn, and brush/floss your teeth.