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Old 05-02-2002, 09:12 AM   #1
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Yoga for TMJ

Hi, I am new to this board and was just reciently diagnoised with TMJ. I have many of the same symptoms as others on this board. My main problem is with my Temporalis muscle. I just cannot seem to get it to relax. Constantly in knotts. Anyway I was wondering if anyone here ever tried YOGA for treatment. I'm looking into taking a class and would like some feed back on it.

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Becky

 
Old 05-02-2002, 01:21 PM   #2
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Re: Yoga for TMJ

Hi --

I've taken yoga for about 7 months on a weekly basis. I find it helps with posture, neck and shoulders which all contribute to TMJ. It's very relaxing, too, which adds to stress relief.

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Old 05-02-2002, 01:28 PM   #3
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What type of YOGA do you do? I have mostly problems with my Temporalis Muscle and Trapezius (Spelling might be wrong). Does it help with those areas. Does your TMJ feel any different now than it did 7 months ago?

I've been suffering for about 4 months now with muscle knotts/spasiums/pain in my temples which I am dying to get rid of.

 
Old 05-02-2002, 04:32 PM   #4
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Re: Yoga for TMJ

Hi Becky,

I also plan on trying yoga. I would've started already, but I can't seem to find a yoga class at a decent time. But I think it's probably a good idea to help relax your body as a whole.

Have you tried massage therapy at all? My RMT did a massage on my temporalis muscle the other day and it really seemed to help. I think she uses pressure point therapy, which kind of hurts at the time, but two days later I felt great! I think the pressure point therapy somehow "irritates" the muscle which causes it to come out of spasm.

Crystal

 
Old 05-03-2002, 11:38 AM   #5
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Hi Chrystal,
Yes, Actually I get Messages once a week but they don't really do alot. I will ask her about pressure points though. Thats really the only problem that I have is around my temple and on top of me head. Does the pain in your temple area lead to pain on top of your head?

 
Old 05-03-2002, 09:46 PM   #6
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Hi Becky,

I need to make a correction on my last post. It's actually called Trigger Point Therapy. There's a trigger point down your neck that affects your temporalis muscle. If the therapist presses on this point and you feel pain it indicates a knot in that area. After my first treatment I had a killer headache the next day, but that's supposed to be normal because you're "retraining" your muscle in a sense.

I don't generally get pain on the top of my head. My headaches are mostly limited to my right temple, and fortunately I don't get them every day. I just had another massage today and I'm really feeling a difference. I haven't started treatment for my TMJ, so the massage is only a temporary fix until I'm able to get my jaw aligned properly.

Take care.
Crystal

 
Old 05-06-2002, 08:27 PM   #7
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Well, I just tried my first Yoga class - Ouch! If there's such a thing as a Yoga "dunce", that would be me!

Gengrrl, did you have a hard time when you first started Yoga? I didn't realize I was in such bad shape. I'm thinking it HAS to be beneficial because I can feel every muscle in my body right now. I was hoping to continue on with it, but when I entered the gym tonight they told me they were cancelling the class until further notice! So I guess I'll be looking for another class.

Crystal

 
Old 05-07-2002, 07:14 AM   #8
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Crystal,
I am going to my first Yoga class tonight. I am probably going to be feeling like you tomorrow. I went golfing last weekend and was even sore for two days after that. I started a stretching program though a little over a week ago so hopefully that will help me out. I am really excited to start though, my TMJ specialist says that Yoga is the prefered therapy for TMJ sufferers. Good Luck and keep going even though it hurts.

 
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