When someone visits a masseuse for relief from muscle and/or joint pain, they are usually treated with a variety of oils. Sedative essential oils are used to relax the body and relieve stress, especially when combined with fragrances used in aromatherapy.
Some of the most widely-used sedative essential oils include lavender, chamomile, sweet majoram, and clary sage. Each oil is said to promote different responses in the body. While some purport to offer anti-inflammatory qualities, others are said to work as anti-depressants, detoxifiers and analgesics.
While sedative essential oils may offer some relief from TMJ symptoms, such as jaw pain, neck pain, facial pain and migraines; the results are only temporary. For patients to experience continued relief, they must get routine massages. Additionally, patients who are allergic to sedative essential oils aren’t able to use them to relieve the pain associated with TMJ.
In the end, sedative essential oils aren’t suitable for everyone. Though oils may be able to help relieve some TMJ-related pain, they cannot target the main cause of your TMJ symptoms: improper jaw alignment. Poor alignment can only be fixed by determining your ideal bite and using proper TMJ treatment to help hold your jaw in the correct position. To learn about TMJ treatment and how it can cure your symptoms for good, contact Dr. Berry’s office today by phone or via email.