Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ for short is a dysfunctional of the jaw and its movement. TMJ has affected the life of millions of people around the world and they always try to find a good solution to cure this disorder from happen again.

There are various problem than can causing the TMJ both in physically or mentally such as injuries, accident, emotional shock, stress, or grief. So, this disorder is quite complex since it is involving physical and psychological aspects that can bring frustration to the sufferers.

Some common symptoms that often happen with this disorder are; cannot control the movement of tongue or jaw, mouth opening become difficult and limited, cheek pain, uncontrollable tooth grinding or clenching. When the symptoms occurs, it will disturb the activity not to mention very annoying.

TMJ disorder should be taking care of before the disorder become worsen and causing much serious problems such as tongue pain, headache, vertigo, dizzy, hard to swallow, inflammation on the joint of jaw bone or even lead to neck and solder problem. The TMJ sufferers must consult their problem to the physician who understand about this disorder.

There are some basic methods to treat this disease such as; over the counter pain relievers, some anti-inflammatory drugs, and muscle relaxant medicine to reduce the pain and muscle tension.

There is also jaw therapy and exercise to help strengthen or relax the muscles around the jaw to prevent the TMJ symptoms occurs. One of the common options in jaw therapy is using the heat and cold therapy to the jaw to reduce the muscle tension.

Dental treatment can also become an option. Using a biteplate from the dentist can help to make the upper and lower jaw become aligned and reduce the chance of tooth from clenching suddenly especially when sleeping at night.

Surgery can also become an option, although this option should be done for severe case as the last effort, especially when the TMJ disorder become chronic and much serious.


Pain Management and Treatment in Natural Ways

Natural Pain ManagementLife in today’s hectic society is going more and more in the direction of fast foods, sugar in all sorts of foods you would never think should be there, trans fatty acids, preservatives and pesticides, which we consume in large amounts every year. We even go so far as to invent foods, such as artificial sugars which your body may or may not recognize as actual food.

We are bombarded with hormones in most of our meats and dairy products. There is mounting evidence that many girls are maturing physically at a much younger age because of this.

Pain management

With all this going on, it’s no wonder that our immune systems are on overload and physical ailments are growing in leaps and bounds. Pain in some cases, is what some people’s lives revolve around.

Let’s look at pain. It is your signal that injury, disease or too much strain has occurred on the body. Without it you wouldn’t know that something needs to be addressed. Even mild pain can limit your activities, which in turn can lead to a loss of strength, endurance and flexibility.

Chronic pain can be on and off or be consistent. If you are like most people, you’ll reach for over the counter drugs or prescription drugs. This is what the drug companies would love for you to do.

Alternative pain treatment

If you suffer from pain there are many more options for you to explore than drugs or surgery. With vitamins, minerals and herbs lacking in our daily foods, you may want to consider a nutritionist to assist in establishing healthy diet and exercise program. Supplements, and organic foods, may improve your immune system’s ability to repair the body and should reduce pain.

There are also other natural remedies that can enhance your nutritional handling such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or yoga.


Forward Head Posture, Bad Posture Which Causing Muscle Pain

Forward Head PostureDid muscle pain hindering your daily activities?  You would feel that your muscle is being pulled hardly to one direction constantly. This would cause your muscles suffering from aches and pain.

One of the most common causes from muscle pain is the habit of bad posture. We often let our body posture in the bad position due to the practicality and our convenient. And because we continue to let it happen this condition become our habit.

For an example, usually in normal and healthy position our head is located straight in line with our shoulder, body and hip. But because of the necessity of our daily work, sports or other activities, your head position often get shifted way too forward and located in front of your shoulder and body.

Because this condition often happen almost every day this posture become your habit. Without you realize, this posture is burdening your muscle because the muscle in the front of body will get shorten for long period of time, while the muscle in the back of the body become overstretch for long period of time.

This unnatural condition will put too much burden to body muscle will cause muscle pain along with some joint, head, and back aches and pain. And eventually the whole body will also suffer and sending pain signal from various body parts. In medical terms this condition is known as forward head posture.

To solve this condition would need extra effort from the patient that suffer from this condition. They need to rearrange their head position back to where it natural position which is in line with their shoulder and body.

Some methods such as massage therapy and using arch support often used to fix the head position back to where it belong. They also need to strengthen their back to maximize the therapy’s result.

But, the best method is to prevent this condition occur to our body by maintaining the healthy and natural posture all the time, and fix the posture immediately when our posture is in bad shape due to the demand of our work and activities.


Maintaining Our Mind Performance as We’re Age

Alzheimer's diseaseAs we go through life, we all hope we can maintain good physical and mental health as long as possible. There is not much pleasure in living a long life if our final years are spent in pain and if we lose our ability to think and remember. As much as we may dread suffering physical pain and illness in old age, many of us fear even more the possibility that we might lose our mental capacities and end up completely helpless in a nursing home.

Often the first hint that our memory is starting to lose its sharpness happens around the fifth decade of life. As people enter their middle years, they start to notice more and more frequent lapses of memory, particularly their short-term memory. They may enter a room to do something, and forget what it is. They may be unable to recall the name of someone who used to live next door. And they may start to worry that their forgetfulness is more than just a harmless incident, they worry that it might be the first hint of something far more sinister–perhaps the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s is the name given to a very serious brain disease in which the brain cells are killed by microscopic plaques and tangled fibers. The parts of the brain needed to form and access recent memories are usually destroyed first. Brain cell destruction spreads to other parts of the brain, causing a loss of function, and eventually death follows.

At present there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists are racing to learn the cause, or causes of Alzheimer’s, and to find a way to stop the destruction of the brain once it starts. As baby boomers age, millions of them will be at risk for acquiring Alzheimer’s and other serious brain diseases.

Alzheimer’s disease is not the only cause of loss of brain function in elderly persons. There are many other causes that can lead to the diminished of mental capacity or to outright dementia in later years.

Fortunately, you can learn what the risk factors are which are associated with a higher likelihood of developing problems, and you can take steps to counteract them. And the good news is: you don’t need to make a choice between looking after your heart, or looking after your brain. In many cases, what’s good for the heart will benefit the brain as well.

High blood pressure is a major risk factor in developing dementia. Not only does high blood pressure damage brain cells directly, but it also increases the risk of stroke, which will lead to the permanent destruction of brain cells. To prevent strokes, have your blood pressure checked regularly, and if your blood pressure is too high, work with your doctor to bring it down to a safe level.

Diabetics are at particularly high risk for developing dementia. If you are diabetic, it is very important to get your blood sugar levels under control.

If you want to protect your brain for the long term, avoid excess alcohol consumption. Long term consumption of more than two alcoholic drinks a day can directly damage brain cells, as well as deplete the body of important nutrients it requires to function, particularly Vitamin B1 (thiamin).