08 Dec Jaw Pain at Work: How to Get Through the Day
Life has its trials and tribulations, and one of them is when you have to go to work feeling less than your best. One of the reasons this might be happening, and occurring more frequently as of late, is if you have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain. Rather than suffering day after day, use the following tip to help you get through the jaw pain even while you’re at work.
Does Ergonomics Make a Difference?
Great question. Ergonomics help to ensure you achieve proper alignment, which can reduce the discomfort of the jaw. Wherever you regularly work, pay attention to whether everything is ergonomic or not.
For example, if you sit or stand at a desk all day, ensure you maintain proper posture. Align your back, neck, and jaw throughout the day, and take care to make sure your computer monitor is about an arm’s length from your face, as well as it being at eye level.
As for your wrists, they should be straight when you’re using the keyboard, and your hands should be parallel or lower than your elbows. Keep your feet flat on the ground, and thighs parallel to the floor.
If speaking on the phone is part of your job, use a speakerphone or headset rather than cradling the phone between your face and shoulder. Most of all, pay attention to your body alignment throughout the day; keep your head, shoulders, and hip in an invisible straight line.
What if You Still Get TMJ Outbreaks?
If you take these tips and still find that your TMJ symptoms still appear, have emergency items on hand at your desk to provide comfort. Perhaps you might want to keep a heating pad nearby to warm in the microwave or essential oils that encourage relaxation. Over-the-counter meds are another option to help reduce the jaw pain.
Are There Any Other Workplace Tips for TMJ Sufferers?
When it comes to lunch, avoid the pain of chewy granola bars and toffee that only increase your TMJ pain. Instead, opt for foods that you can easily chew and that also provide energy throughout the day to avoid feeling tired in the afternoon. An example is a healthy smoothie, particularly if your mouth feels very achy on a particular day.
As jaw pain can affect every part of your life, from your sleep quality to your work, it’s important to take action to better the situation. A great first step is to contact Dr. Moradi, a TMJ specialist in Houston with Dental Wellness Group. Schedule a free consultation to learn how to minimize jaw pain over the long-term.