Growing up many of our parents would always call us out for slouching in our seats. “Sit up because it’s not polite to slouch.” As we get older we begin to realize that not only is slouching impolite, but it can also be the root of numerous health problems.

Many residents of Passaic, NJ were probably told this at one point or another, and with us now living in such a digital age we are always slouching in our seats or on the couch watching TV, or hanging out on your computer, tablet or smart phone.

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is one of the most complex joints in the body. In addition to moving up and down it also moves forward, back and side to side. When these muscles work incorrectly the joins often pop or lock which results in frequent cramps or spasms.

One of the best ways to manage TMJ pain is to improve your posture. Maintaining good posture throughout the day (especially for those who spend a lot of time sitting down on the computer due to school or work) is a great way to manage TMJ pain.

Some easy ways to improve your posture and prevent TMJ pain is by doing the following:
• When sitting down have your back pressed against the back of your chair. This is the simplest way to avoid slouching and has the biggest impact
• Make sure as you are walking your head is straight forward and aligned. The best way to do this is by imagining you are balancing a book on top of your head.
• Move as often as you can. By participating in physical activity you can drastically improve your TMJ pain and get your muscles and joints moving!
• Take time to stretch. Along with being active be sure that you are stretching out your muscles and joints, especially in your back and neck.

Another great way to maintain your TMJ pain is by seeing a professional. At The Migraine Center of NJ near Passaic, NY we diagnose and treatment patients who are suffering with TMJ disorder. We recognize that TMJ pain can cause severe migraines and headaches due to the misalignment of the joints in the back and neck.

If you’re ready to leave behind the pain of chronic headaches and migraines contact Dr. Milestone at The Migraine Center of New Jersey near Passaic, NJ. To get started on your treatment, book an examination with us at 201-845-8411 – we want to help you reach a higher quality of life, TMJ pain free!

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