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Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome (cont.)

TMJ Home Remedies

Many people, more women than men, have TMJ syndrome. Most of the symptoms disappear in two weeks because your jaw joint rests and recovers when you are unable to chew. There are a variety of options for treatment at home for relief of TMJ syndrome.

  • Anti-inflammatory pain medications such as aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) may ease the pain of TMJ syndrome.
  • Eat a diet of soft foods.
  • Apply warm compresses on the area of pain. Home therapy includes mandible (lower jaw) movements, such as opening and closing the jaw from side to side. Try this after a warm compress is applied for 20 minutes. The lower jaw movements should be repeated three to five times a day, five minutes continuously each time, for about two to four weeks. A gentle massage of the area can also be beneficial.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/5/2014

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