Treating TMJ disorder can get costly quickly.
Even just the cost of the traditional over-the-counter treatments used in our normal daily lives adds up.
And that’s before you count the non-traditional treatments.
Don’t even get me started on the doctor’s office visits and prescription costs.
I’ve taken advanced mathematics courses but tracking and planning our finances with TMJD complications is more difficult.
Finding Great TMJ Pain Relief Products
Generally speaking: when it comes to TMJ problems I am 0% interested in the cost to fix it.
Her well being is more important than money.
But that doesn’t mean we always buy the most expensive products. Over the years we’ve found a number of great tools to keep on hand for managing her pain, tightness, and swelling.
What are the elements of a great product?
- Reusability – Can this product be used over and over?
- The more use you can get out of it the less each use will cost.
- Efficacy – How effective is this product? Are its effects worth its effort?
- Treatment preparations, risks, and costs should be weighed when judging how effective a product is at relieving your pain.
- Longevity – How long the product remains effective as a treatment.
- Well made products will last longer than cheaply produced ones.
- Tolerances are built to most medications, making them less effective over time.
When choosing products I look at their reusability, efficacy, and longevity.
Optimizing your pain management means looking for products that you can use over and over without any doubts.
You need a kit of tools you can pull out whenever you’re in pain and know relief is inside.
What kinds of TMJ products make the cut?
So what are we even looking for? We need things that can be reused, remain effective after many uses, and worth the effort. That’s what makes a great TMJ pain relief product.
Hot / Cold Pads
Reusable heating pads are a great low cost way to relieve muscle tension and swelling.
Muscle tension and swelling cause quite a bit of pain so this is an indirect pain treatment that really works.
Look for products you can easily apply to your cheeks, neck, and shoulders.
In general: ice is great for inflammation but can cause muscles to contract, making it risky for your jaw.
Heat eases the tension, but it doesn’t remove the inflammation.
Use this information by determining whether you need to address tension or inflammation first.
Massage is a key element in our pain management plan. It’s effective in helping manage the symptoms of TMJ and we can do it at home for free.
Massagers come in all shapes, sizes, cord lengths, and battery types. Properly selected massager tools will improve your massage experience, help bring faster relief, and get to spots your fingers just can’t find.
I like to look for manual massager balls because they give me the most control over massage. Plus: you can add essential oils to them for use in the massage. Essential oils like lavender leave you feeling relaxed (aromatherapy) while others can help ease the tension directly (like with Icy-Hot or Tiger’s Balm).
Mostly I’m talking about massage and yoga books, but any books can help. I keep pages copied from a physical therapy textbook handy for referencing stretches, exercises, and massages.
Books are a secret resource in this list because knowledge is the most powerful weapon against pain.
As an example: did you know that tart cherry juice is a powerful anti-inflammatory?
I would never have known that if I didn’t read a chapter about Gout in that physical therapy textbook.
3 Great TMD Pain Relief Products
These three are the best products we could find in each category for under $30.
LotFancy – A heat pack for TMD
This weird looking thing wraps around your face for maximum coverage of your problem areas.
Heat this pad up and let the soft gel packs soothe your tired muscles, or cool it down to clear up inflammation.
About the product:
- Comfortable and soft 4 gel packs provide relief for pain and swelling on your jaws and 2 sides of your cheeks
- Adjustable strap can add compression if needed, size min 27 inches; max 30 inches
- Hands-free design relief pain and swelling for wisdom tooth extraction, oral surgery, TMD, cosmetic injections, laser treatments, dermabrasion, migraines, sinus pain etc.
- Easy & Ready to Use – Store in the refrigerator or heat it in the microwave, apply when attain appropriate temperature
- 1-Year Warranty: Money-back satisfaction guarantee
Manual Massage Balls – massage for your TMJ disorder
These are great even if you don’t have TMJ. You hold the base and roll the ball around your problem areas applying as much pressure as needed to find relief.
This is the easiest way to start utilizing massage in your pain management plan.
Adding a few drops of essential oils to the ball can enhance your massage experience greatly!
About the product:
- ELIMINATE MUSCLES SORE AND ACHING-Great for professional or home uses. This roller ball is designed to reduce sore head, shoulders, neck, upper back, arms, legs and relieve foot pain. Widely used on your body.
- IMPROVE BLOOD CIRCULATION-Poor blood circulation can lead to a variety of health concerns. Massage is a great way to improve your health by enhancing blood circulation. It will finally enhance blood flow and improve body function.
- STRESS RELIEF-Relaxation and great stress relief. Relieves stiffness and muscle soreness after a long day. Speeds up recovery of aching muscles in deep sleep.
- 360 DEGREE SPIN-The massage ball can roll 360 degrees so that you can easily put it on the paining areas and glide it in any direction you want.
- QUALITY MASSAGER-The roller ball is a quality massager.It is made of high level materials which are durable and compact. They are safe on skin and no need worry about harm or trigger allergic reations.
The Massage Bible – a great book for TMJ
This book contains a wealth of information about massage. This is your starter kit if you’d like to master this highly effective pain management tool.
The Massage Bible walks you through examples and descriptions of how to get the most out of each massage.
About the product:
From Chinese massage to Shiatsu to Indian head massage, this lavishly illustrated “bible” presents all the techniques needed to master the basics. Every spread features large and easy-to-follow photos, while the text guides beginners on what pressure to exert, what part of the hand makes contact with the body, and exactly what to do—whether they’re feathering the back, working on the neck and scalp, or performing a sequence on the arms and hands. In addition to holistic and sports massages, there are suggestions for special situations (including massaging a baby); advice on massages to relieve common ailments; and lifestyle tips.amazon.com
Great TMJ Pain Relief Products
They don’t have to be expensive, they just have to work.
Looking at products through the lense of long term pain management helps you get the most out of each treatment.
By quantifying and qualifying each tool in your arsenal you can optimize your pain levels so that you can lead your ideal life.
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