Jaw pains can come right out of the blue. They might start off as a feeble ache but can intensify within a matter of minutes. Jaw pains can leave you with the inability to eat and speak properly. Amazingly, jaw pains are not always connected to the problems in the jaw. The most common cause of jaw pain is toothaches and sometimes sinuses can also lead to jaw pains. One of the main cause of the pain in jaws is due to a disorder called temporomandibular disorder or TMD. This arises due to injury, sore muscles in the jaw, shifting of jaw discs and inflammation/arthritis in the discs. Headaches, dental problems, neuralgia, teeth grinding are other causes of jaw pain that get unnoticed.
Some common symptoms of joint pain include tooth pain, difficulty in chewing foods, dull pain in the neck and face, ear pain, tightness of the jaw and extensive tension in the jaw. Even though the most common over the counter medication for jaw pain are painkillers but these medications are not the cure of the jaw pain. It is a better approach to take up home remedies for the complete cure for jaw pain.
1. Ice Packs
Ice packs also known as cold compresses are the best treatment for any muscle and bone pain. There is a reason why athletes apply ice packs to their aching muscle during or after exercises. Ice packs help numb the affected area, which in turns help to minimize the pain. These packs work just as well for jaw pain as any other pain.
To apply ice packs home remedy for jaw pain:
- Put a few pieces of Ice in a plastic bag.
- Wrap it in a thin cloth or you can put ice cubes in a towel.
- Apply the ice pack to the jaw for about 10 minutes.
- Take a break before applying it again to the affected area.
- Do not apply ice directly as it can lead to frostbite.
2. Use heat
Using Heat to keep the affected area warm is also very beneficial to relieve jaw pain. The heat relaxes the jaw muscles and reduces pain. Warmth improves blood circulation and boosts the healing process.
To apply heat home remedy for jaw pain:
- Heat up some water.
- Soak a cloth in the water and wring out the water.
- Apply this heated cloth to the affected area for 10-15 minutes.
- Repeat after every hour until the pain subsides.
Note: Keep the heat moderate or it can cause burning sensation to the face.
Massaging is also one good way to relieve jaw pain. Massages help to relieve the tightness of the muscle while increasing blood flow to the affected area. Massages are also prescribed against arthritis pain. Using herbal oils while massaging comes with added benefits and should be followed.
- Heat some natural oil such as olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil etc.
- Apply to the affected area and massage using your fingertips in a circular motion.
- Massage for 10 minutes then take a break and use this time to move your jaw.
- Repeat this process a couple of times.
4. Drink Warm Tea
During episodes of stress and tension, teeth grinding is common and grinding teeth can add to jaw pain. Having a warm cup of herbal tea can be your way out of such discomforts. Warm tea help relax your facial muscles and help to minimize the pain.
Green tea and chamomile tea are the best in this regard due to their anti-inflammatory properties.
- Heat a cup of water and bring it to a boil.
- Add about 2 tsp of green tea leaves or chamomile flowers.
- Let the mixture simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Add honey and lemon juice for taste.
Take this tea 2-3 times a day for relief.