Group doing yoga by a riverFor those who suffer from the constant pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorder, finding a method to minimize the problem is usually a continuous search (until they find a neuromuscular dentist). Patients who suffer from a bad bite causing a problem within the TMJ often suffer from inconsistent yet never-ending headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, and even tinnitus. Many patients find that there is very little that can be done to help minimize let alone solve the issue of chronic pain, but that doesn’t stop them from trying everything under the sun. They try home remedies, old wives’ tales, mail-order devices, and even the metaphysical. Some people even advocate Yoga as a method for coping with pain.

Canadian researchers have indeed found after completing a recent study, that yoga, when practiced twice a week for eight weeks not only decreased mental stress but also chronic pain. Chronic pain has been linked to many body conditions including fibromyalgia, tension headaches, irritable bowl syndrome, and of course, TMJ disorder.

The study showed that those who participated in the 8-week yoga program had heightened cortisol levels and also reported a mental boost and decreased pain levels. Yoga has actually been used as an alternative therapy for decades for a variety of health issues. Yoga is often noted for its ability to decrease stress and to help cope with pain: psychologically and physiologically.

While yoga may be an effective way to cope with TMJ pain, it is not a true TMJ treatment and it won’t be able to resolve your TMJ problem. Yoga cannot correct a bad bite. The only real solution for those with TMJ disorder resulting from a bad bite is TMJ treatment that corrects the imbalance in the jaw joint. Contact Dr. Berry online or call (303) 691-0267 today if you want an end to your chronic TMJ symptoms such as headaches, jaw pain, and/or neck pain.