Feeling The Holiday Stress This Season?
San Francisco TMJ Specialist Dr. Larson
Every holiday season, San Francisco TMJ Specialist Dr. Larson treats more and more people who are suffering from headaches and migraines due to stress. After an assessment, the doctor often finds they are experiencing intense TMJ symptoms.
When you are under stress, your muscles tighten which puts pressure on joints throughout your body, especially your jaw joints. This can make it difficult to sleep causing us to toss and turn, clench and grind our teeth. Inevitably, we wake up miserable. Dr. Larson has some tips to help you relieve stress so you can enjoy this holiday season.
Avoid Certain Foods
Avoid foods like chewing gum and crunchy foods like carrots and crusty bread. Eating food where you need to open your mouth very wide or foods that are extremely chewy can aggravate your symptoms as well.
Get A Lot Of Sleep
It might seem out of the question, but getting enough sleep every night is essential to help relieve stress and anxiety.
Avoid Alcohol Intake
When dealing with stressful days, you may feel tempted to have a glass of wine or a beer to calm your nerves at the end of the day. However, drinking alcohol, especially heavily and over a long period of time, can actually increase your anxiety which in turn can cause you to clench your teeth at night and make it difficult to sleep. Having a drink might seem like a good way to ease anxiety, but you may be doing more harm than good.
Ask For Help
There is so much to do before the Holiday Season, so ask for help. This can help reduce stress and allow for you to spend more time with family.
Ultimately, the best way to treat your TMJ symptoms is to see Dr. Larson who offers solutions through a physiologic/neuromuscular approach. That just means that he will look and fix the cause of the problem as opposed to simply giving you a temporary fix.
For questions, or to schedule your next appointment with San Francisco TMJ Specialist Dr. Larson, call 415-872-5116 today!