Traveling with TMJ
TMJ Santa Rosa
What’s the best way to take a relaxing vacation if you’re plagued by TMJ? It’s simple– RELAX! Many people feel anxious over the thought of lugging their TMJ with them this vacation season, but the complexities surrounding TMJ that seem to be looming over travel time can easily be left at home!
First of all, relax!
Stress can cause all-over tension for your body, and especially for your jaw and shoulders that may be afflicted by your TMJ. If you set your mind to “going with the flow” this vacation, you’ll be less- likely to over exert yourself worrying about plans, or sticking to schedules when you can be relaxing and enjoying yourself instead. Listen to what your body is telling you about your needs, and take care of yourself to avoid unnecessary stress or exhaustion.
Don’t forget your pillow!
Or your earplugs, for that matter. Your pillow will give your head and your neck some extra support on long road-trips or flights, and the relief from resting your head can help you to combat TMJ symptoms often before they even arise! Bringing or purchasing ear plugs for a flight can not only help you get a more sound sleep, but can also help to stabilize air pressure and stop your ears to “clog,” often reducing any ear or TMJ pain you might otherwise feel.
Keep yourself moving!
By keeping yourself as active as you can, you’ll avoid getting tense and tired muscles, and by making frequent car stops, or by moving around the airplane cabin often, you’ll give yourself to opportunity to stretch and relieve your neck, back, and shoulder muscles that can otherwise become very stiff during travel. Airplane and car seats don’t usually have the kind of support your body needs for long periods of rest, so TMJ symptoms can often worsen after hours and hours of unsupported down-time for your body. If you do find that your body is getting sore during travel time, consider taking some OTC pain relief to alleviate your discomfort.
If you find that you’re suffering from TMJ symptoms like jaw and shoulder pain, trouble sleeping, or constant migraines, talk to your TMJ specialist Dr. Sullivan today to start living a more comfortable life tomorrow! Cal 707-545-5260 to schedule an appointment with your Santa Rosa TMJ dentist Dr. Dan Sullivan before your next vacation, and learn more about the best ways to manage your TMJ symptoms while you’re on-the-go!