Self-Care Techniques May Ease Facial Pain in Women, Fibromyalgia Research Shows

Women with facial muscle pain — with or without fibromyalgia — reported that jaw-opening exercises, warm compresses, yoga, and meditation eased their pain better than most commonly used pain management therapies such as oral appliances (mouth guard, splints) and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, according to a study.

The study, “Perceived helpfulness of treatments for myofascial TMD as a function of comorbid widespread pain,” was published in Clinical Oral Investigations.

Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), also known as temporomandibular joint disorders, are a heterogenous group of conditions that can cause pain in the jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement. The myofascial kind, relating to muscles, is the most prevalent subtype.

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