TMJ disorder is a trying condition that generates substantial pain, which can make life difficult. Desperate for relief, many people choose surgery to try to alleviate their symptoms. Unfortunately, this can be very painful and invasive. What’s more, many times, surgical procedures fail to prove effective, resulting in a significant amount of downtime for no good reason.
Because they wish to avoid the negative drawbacks associated with surgery, many sufferers are willing to try all sorts of holistic treatments that typically prove ineffective.
Hanna Somatic Treatments
Popularized by Thomas Hanna in the 1970s, somatics is a term used to describe an assortment of techniques intended to promote body-mind integration. In theory, these therapeutic strategies are said to promote psycho-physical well-being, which is supposed to help people cope with pain.
In the following video, a somatic educator demonstrates a technique he says will help alleviate TMJ pain. Unfortunately, because this type of therapy fails to address the root cause of TMJ, it isn’t likely to offer much benefit at all.
Addressing the Root Cause
Even if holistic somatic therapies did offer any relief from TMJ pain, the results would be temporary. On the other hand, a TMJ bite splint can offer permanent relief by addressing the root cause of TMJ pain: a bad or misaligned bite.