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Old 12-15-2008, 10:47 AM   #1
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TMJ and fatigue

Is TMJ associated with feelings of exhaustion and fatigue? Is it muscle-related? If so, what can be done to alleviate the tiredness.

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Old 12-15-2008, 11:20 AM   #2
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Re: TMJ and fatigue

Yes fatigue can be associated with tmj and tmj may sometimes affect the muscles throughout the body. Whether the root cause of tmj is due to a disc or joint problem or due to a poor bite, if either result in stress and dysfunction of the facial and jaw muscles, or induce a cervical or cranial misalignmentor or derangement, then chances are the neuromuscular and central nervous systems will be impacted in some way.

The best way to treat it is to obviously correct the source of the TMD itself and additionally seek holisitic or homeopathic and alternative therapies to help the body deal with the problem and heal itself. Such therapies might include physical therapy (deep tissue massages, ultra sound, warm compresses, tens unit, whirlpool or warm baths, etc), bio-feedback or meditation, yoga or ricki, chiropractic treatment, cranial sacral treatment, acupuntcure, etc. Exercise in general such as walking or riding a bike, skating, etc will help - as difficult as it may seem in the beginning since it sometimes will feel like it is exacerbating things and making you feel worse.

From a dietary perspective, sometimes supplements like magnesium, glucosomine and chondroitin will help as will reducing starchy foods or carbs and sugar which may increase inflamation of the joints and muscles. Certain teas and herbs may help and for some with extreme or severe symptoms, occasional use of prescription meds such as steroids or other anti-inflamatories can help as well.

Also, try and get enough rest - not just sleep, which is also extremely vital as that is when the body does the most healing and recharging of its resources, but several relaxing breaks or naps during the day and as needed, when possible.

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