Last Modified on Jun 23, 2014
Natural Treatments for Oral/Facial Pain and Inflammation
The bones, joints, and muscles of the lower face can experience chronic pain for a number of reasons. Complementary and alternative medicine treatments can help reduce inflammation, reduce muscle tension, and otherwise improve the symptoms of jaw pain and its underlying causes.
Beyond sharp and/or chronic jaw pain, sufferers may also experience symptoms such as jaw clicks (particularly when eating), muscle fatigue in the face, a "locked" jaw, ear pain, and headaches. Causes of jaw pain can include a facial injury, habitual clenching of the jaw, and grinding of the teeth.
Alternative Healing Therapies
Oro-facial massage, stretching of the jaw muscles, and anti-inflammatory supplements such as omega-3 oils or green tea extracts may help reduce tension and inflammation in the jaw thereby reducing jaw pain. Resting the jaw by not eating foods that are difficult to chew should reduce pain and allow the jaw to heal in some cases, as can use of heating pads or ice packs as appropriate.
My suggestion is an unconventional one. Google energy healers. There are a lot of good healers who can help you with this pain right over the phone as crazy as it sounds. Physical therapy, chiropractic, and certainly surgery will most likely not improve this condition.
Clenching and grinding teeth may be a magnesium deficiency. Try having a 30 minute bath/soak with Epsom salts before you go to bed and see if there is any difference.
It sounds like the same thing I suffered with years ago. My chiropractor put his fingers in my mouth and pressed on my left side at the hinge area. My jaw was stuck on the right side. He kept applying pressure until the right side relaxed. I have used this technique when I feel one side or the other start to lock. Do it yourself... Between your upper and lower jaw at the hinge. Good luck.
I found on EC one article about tmj under the sesame oil pulling section -it looks that sesame oil pulling helps on the jaw pain.
There are also at least 2 acupuncture points dedicated to locked jaw condition -I guess that an acupuncture session may help.
My mother has a knot that pops up on the inside of her mouth near her jawbone. This started a few years ago but the knot increases in size each time causing painful speaking & eating. The knot was small the first time this happened. It pops up suddenly & goes away in 2-3 days. This most recent time the knot is about the size of an egg. This is the biggest the knot has been.
She has Type 2 diabetes & Fibro so I wonder if this knot isn't complications from either or both of those ailments. She's 73 years old & in decent health otherwise. She is pretty stubborn when it comes to doing something about her own health.
I also try to help her with natural solutions but she keeps trust in her doctors. Could this also be a side effect of her diabetes medication? I know she takes Metformin, BP medicine, & hormone pills but I think that's all she takes.
What could be the causes of this knot that keeps popping up & going away relatively quickly? The knot isn't real hard but isn't soft either. It's towards her upper jaw bone. She's in quite a bit of pain this time compared to other times this has happened. It's been a long time between episodes of this happening as well. She says it's been over a year since the knot was there the last time. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!