Facial muscle fatigue is a common phenomenon many people experience. There are many causes of this condition, of which this can also be a warning sign of a jaw joint disorder. Therefore, it is necessary to determine the cause of symptoms, thereby finding the right treatment.
The most common oral muscle fatigue consists of pain inside or around the ear area, feelings of stiffness of the jaws, fatigue when chewing food, or even headaches. There are many causes of pain in the jaw muscles, so for an accurate diagnosis, the doctor will need a general examination, a dental X-ray is in place to determine the cause of jaw muscle fatigue, thereby giving the correct treatment plan.
1. Symptoms of facial muscle fatigue
- Feeling moist, tired or stiff jaw
- Causes discomfort when chewing food
- The jaw joint is stiff, when opening the mouth or closing the mouth feels stiff, painful or difficult
- The aches and pains spread to the whole ear area.
2. Facial muscle fatigue, how to do it?
If there is only mild muscle fatigue or non-prolonged jaw pain, it may not be necessary to go to the doctor immediately. Instead, it is possible to change your daily routine and apply the following simple ways to help relieve pain:
- Reduce pressure on the jaw muscles: It is recommended to eat soft foods, cut food into small pieces. Do not eat tough, supple foods such as chewing gum, hard items such as stones or cartilage,… because when eating these food will need to use a lot of force in the teeth and oral muscles, thereby creating pressure that will cause facial muscle fatigue.
- Avoid chewing food only on one side, instead it is advisable to chew the jaw muscles evenly on both sides.
- If you have a habit of grinding your teeth when you sleep, see your doctor for advice and treatment.
- Practice stretching and massage the jaws. It is advisable to see a dentist or a physicalthermist for instructions on stretching exercises and how to massage the jaw muscles yourself at home.
- If prolonged jaw strain causes discomfort, apply hot compresses or apply ice cold to the sore jaw area to help relieve the pain.
- Apply hot compresses of the tired jaw area. Hot temperatures will help relax muscles, thereby reducing pain and stiffness effectively.
- Apply cold compresses if the fatigue of the jaw muscles entails swelling, inflammation.
- Using your index and middle fingers, slowly press on the tired jaw muscles and massage gently in circular motions of about 5-10 loops and then move your mouth. Repeated repetition will help reduce jaw muscle fatigue.
- If there is a habit of lying on your side or placing your hands under your jaw when sleeping, this habit should be changed. Because this sleeping position can put pressure on the jaw muscles, leading to muscle fatigue.
- Medications: Use painkillers only when jaw muscle fatigue is accompanied by pain. Some medications that help relieve pain without prescription such as Paracetamol, ibuprofen,…
- If facial muscle fatigue persists, every time oral muscle activity has a "slash" sound in the jaw frequently, it is possible that this is a sign of dysoactivity of the jaw joint. Therefore, when you see abnormalities in the jaw, you should not be subjective, go to the medical facility for an early examination, the most accurate assessment, from which there are appropriate treatments.
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