Has anyone out there tried various forms of therapy at home, such as applying heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, or anything similar, to their TMJ's? If so, any results?
I was thinking of this after my therapist did ultrasound for a few minutes, and I realized that a few minutes every two or three weeks is probably having little effect, if any.
I was wondering if it might be worthwhile to get some sort of heat, ultrasound, or electrical stim device for home use, to dramatically increase the therapy on the TMJ's. Perhaps doing that regularly throughout the day could greatly reduce muscle tension. Has anyone tried something like that?
I had to give up the ultrasound when my TMJ was really bad, because I could not afford it (stupid insurance). I have no idea how much it helped, but the heat pad wrapping at the physical therapist was GREAT! So, I just started using heating pads at home.
I purchased a "tens unit" from my chiropractor which is the stimulating machine (small, uses a battery) but I can take it anywhere and use it. Have it at work today as my TMJ is BAD, and have noticed after I eat lunch it's worse (or the symptoms are alot worse)..the messed up vision, aching in jaw, some dizziness, neck/back aching. Pretty darned miserable !! So may hook up the pads on my neck/jaw here pretty soon. When I am at home I will put heat on after I use it. My chiropractor works on my neck and jaw too, helps for awhile.
Thanks for the replies. But I'm amazed that this post didn't get more -- surely more of the people visiting this forum have tried such home remedies as heat and cold. Some of the therapies that I mentioned earlier might not be available for home use, such as ultrasound. Perhaps the machines are prohibitively expensive.