Baby Its Cold Outside! Stay-at-Home Tips to Lessen Symptoms of TMD

coldoutsideThe highest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica was a balmy 14.6 degrees Celsius, or 59 degrees Fahrenheit, back on January 5, 1974.  But don’t be fooled by the data. January is one of the colder months of the year. It doesn’t matter what part of the country you live in, from North Dakota all the way down to the tip of Florida, no one is safe from unexpected freezes and arctic blasts during the first month of the year.

Baby its Cold Outside

So stay inside, cuddle up and keep warm.  Follow the suggestions listed below. They’ll help you stay up when the temperature is low:

Since you’re staying inside and avoiding the temptations of eating out at restaurants, now is a good time to focus on your diet and what’s in your cupboards. Stock your kitchen with warm soft foods like oatmeal and soup.  These comfort foods will warm you on the inside when the temperature drops.  Stock up the medicine cabinet. Don’t forget the importance of over the counter medications. You should have sufficient supplies of ibuprofen to help with TMJ pain.

Cold weather, moist heat

Moist heat is optimally applied to the TMJ during periods of relaxation. That means January is the perfect month to stay inside from the ice and snow, and apply hot therapy. First, take a hot bath or shower. This helps relax the facial muscles. After you’ve dried off, find someplace comfortable to sit—either a cozy chair where you can cuddle up or perhaps on your favorite sofa in front of the television.  Remember, a regular heating pad may be used, but moist heat is strongly recommended.  If you do not have a moist heating pad, visit your local pharmacy.



The heating pad should then be placed in the following locations:

  • Under the chin and on both sides of the face
  • On the neck and shoulders
  • On the back of the head, wrapped toward the front
  • On the forehead, wrapped down the back of your head

Make the most of your indoor time

If you’re staying indoors, be careful not to become too complacent with certain activities. In the comfort and privacy of our own homes, it’s all too easy to lose track of time and fall into an unhealthy routine.  Be aware of how much time you’re spending in front of the computer. Make sure your posture is healthy. Take breaks. Get up and move around. Don’t slouch in front of the TV. Set a timer and make sure you get up and move around throughout the day.

These tips will keep you active, comfortable and healthy while you stay inside and ride out the cold winter month of January into February.

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