Temporomandibular Pain Relief with Hypnosis
Temporomandibular Pain Relief with Hypnosis
Temporomandibular pain is the result of a common inflammation. In the jaw joint, excessive jaw clenching or teeth grinding usually leads to chronic pain as well. Similarly, an asymmetrical bite can be a problem and result in the same suffering.
Sometimes, this issue presents itself as ear pain since the back of the jaw joint is close to the front of the ear canal. But whatever the condition, conservative measures like joint compression might not be enough to blunt the ache. This is when most sufferers find out about hypnosis for the relief and control of pain.
Can hypnosis help relieve temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain?
Through hypnosis and a process of deep relaxation, it is possible to ease TMJ pain. Of course, seeing a dentist is also recommendable. A dentist can do an x-ray to look at the jaw joint. If you suffer from bruxism, they can make you a bite guard to wear at night. Bruxism is chronic teeth grinding that causes excess pressure and overuse of your TMJ on either side of your mouth.
Hypnosis works by alleviating the symptoms and some of the pain that comes along with bad habits. By symptoms, I mean the jaw clicking and popping that often lead to sounds in the ears and even headaches. Here you can find more about relieving tension headaches with hypnosis and how hypnosis can help with migraine management.
You can use hypnosis for pain control or creating healthier habits. Since the pain is unpredictable but constant, you can put yourself into self-hypnosis and reduce the pain signal. But you can also encourage yourself to stop the symptoms that lead to cold sensitivity and toothache. Or learn better strategies to manage the emotional stress at the root of some episodes.
Hypnotism as an all-purpose tool for pain modulation
The brain is a fascinating organ. Without it, you cannot feel pain because the mechanism of pain depends on its receptors. Conversely, your brain can change its interpretation of the pain signal. This is what neuroscientists call pain modulation. In other words, the brain’s ability to reduce pain intensity or create analgesic effects.
Hypnotism is a term that refers to all the hypnotic techniques that you can use to achieve self-hypnosis. In a way, it is like a cheat sheet for using your mind. Thanks to hypnosis, you can ease jaw pain and relax your facial muscles. Pain reduction follows because you actively tell your mind to turn the pain volume down.
As hypnosis is nothing more than a natural mental state, you only need your imagination. The hypnotist is a guide and a teacher that assists you along your journey. But in the end, you decide which hypnotic technique works best for you. So, if you do not achieve the desired result, the hypnotist will suggest a different approach.
Hypnotic techniques to prevent teeth grinding
When the jaw pain worsens, it affects everything. You cannot smile, talk, laugh, and even eat without feeling sharp sensations or intense pain. Sometimes, it can get so bad that you have to nibble around the edges of your food because opening your mouth is too painful. So, preventing the worst-case scenario is paramount.
Teeth grinding happens at night during sleep. Mainly because it is our body’s way of relieving stress from during the daytime. Perhaps, you do not even notice how much stress you accumulate. But your body does, and it deals with it by clenching the jaw muscles while you rest.
Hypnosis helps you let go of stress. As a result, temporomandibular pain can decrease. You may even reduce the medications as the hypnotic techniques dissolve stress and improve the quality of your sleep.
3 Techniques to hypnotize yourself and relieve tension
Some of these techniques are very easy to use. Plus, you can add them to your self-hypnosis routine to deepen the beneficial effects of pain management techniques. Here are three strategies and techniques to relieve TMJ-related stress and muscle tension:
- Make positive expectation statements once you are in hypnosis. When you can focus your attention without getting distracted, say positive things to yourself. For example, tell yourself that you allow your jaw muscles to relax as soon as you fall asleep. Or that you will enjoy the first time you wake up in the morning without any noticeable sensation in your jaws. Use the first person and only use suggestions you believe to be possible positive outcomes.
- Visualize your body resting on a gigantic goose-down cushion. Then again, imagine yourself swaying in a hammock, feeling the warm touch of the last rays of sunset, as nearby waves roll in on the beach. See stress as vapor leaving your body as your body relaxes more and more.
- Focus on how the sensations change. When you are in chronic pain, pain is kind of all you can think about. But under hypnosis, you may notice how your awareness influences your pain perception. Often, we react to our idea of pain. In other words, we may not actually focus on what is happening in our bodies because we let our emotions take charge. You can reverse this process by focusing on your awareness. Be aware instead of focusing on your feelings or sensations. If you focus on the latter, you are feeling instead of being observant. Let your awareness be a neutral, passive witness to regain self-control before proceeding with the pain management techniques.
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Too many times in our life, we are our own worst enemy. Too many times, we beat ourselves up or talk down about ourselves. Often, we end up sabotaging our success. Even before we give ourselves permission to try something new and different for positive change. Hypnosis is a medically and scientifically recognized technique that uses the mind’s natural abilities to effectively reduce physical pain and promote wellbeing. Learn how it can help you..
As a consulting hypnotist, Luis’ role is help you resolve ordinary, everyday problems using hypnosis. He is not a medically trained doctor or a licensed mental health practitioner that can diagnose, prescribe, treat, cure, or heal any physical, mental, or emotional illness. The hypnosis services rendered are not to be considered in any way, a form of health care, psychotherapy, or counseling.