Going on a trip can be exciting, but if you have temporomandibular jaw (TMJ) disorder (TMD), it can also be difficult. Individuals with TMD must take several precautions to ensure that their pain is not aggravated during their trip. If you are planning on traveling, here are a few tips to keep in mind for a comfortable and TMJ pain free experience.
1. Take Frequent Breaks
Sitting for long periods of time can put strain on your body, including your jaw. Take walking or standing breaks whenever possible to prevent your muscles and joints from getting too tense or stiff.
2. Bring a Pillow
Pillows are a great way to combat TMJ pain (as well as related neck and back strain) before it even starts. If you’re traveling by plane, consider buying a neck pillow. Cold, chilly weather can increase TMJ pain, so if you travel during the winter season, be sure to pack a blanket and warm, comfy sweaters and scarves.
3. Purchase Earplugs
High altitudes can aggravate ear pain that is associated to TMJ pain. If you have TMD and plan on flying, consider purchasing specialized earplugs that help stabilize air pressure.
4. Plan Ahead
Stress can cause teeth clenching or grinding, which in turn can lead to TMD. Make your upcoming trip as stress-free and enjoyable as possible by planning in advance as much as possible. Try to take care of as many loose ends as you can before your actual trip in order to avoid any last minute, stressful changes.
5. Consult with a Professional
Before you travel, it’s important that you consult your doctor about their suggestions for managing your TMD symptoms and pain while you are away from home. With years of experience, Dr. Ivan Stein is the trusted choice for TMD treatment and relief in New Jersey. The experienced dentist uses the most up-to-date and advanced technology and tools to properly diagnose and evaluate patients’ symptoms and design individualized treatment plans. If you experience TMJ pain relief and would like to discuss your treatment options, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Stein. Contact the Headache & TMJ Center of New Jersey by calling (855) TMJ-DOCS or (855) 865-3627 today.