I have been asked to speak to a community of dentists in regards to hypnosis for TMJ later this year. In preparation for my talk, I was asked to give them 5 benefits that hypnosis can help with in regards to TMJ. Here they are!
To start, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a condition that affects a large population around the world. The symptoms of TMJ are pain and discomfort in the jaw muscles and joints and can oftentimes be debilitating, greatly affecting the quality of life for affected individuals. Fortunately, hypnosis is a wonderful potential solution for the management of TMJ, offering a host of benefits. Here are the top 5 benefits of hypnosis for TMJ:
1. Pain Reduction
Hypnosis has been found to be an effective tool for reducing/eliminating pain. The power of suggestion employed in hypnosis can trigger the release of endorphins that help reduce pain levels. Moreover, relaxation via hypnosis helps reduce muscle tension and increase blood flow, which further alleviates pain. In deeper states of hypnosis, partial and full anesthesia is possible as well.
2. Stress Reduction
Stress has been found to be a leading contributor to TMJ. Hypnosis can induce a state of deep relaxation within an individual, which helps lower overall stress levels. This relaxation response reduces the body's stress hormone levels, thereby reducing the severity of TMJ symptoms. Hypnosis also helps individuals develop coping strategies for stress, leading to a more balanced overall mind, body and emotional state of being.
3. Improved Sleep
Pain, stress, and anxiety are the 3 leading causes for sleep issues. Individuals with TMJ often experience disrupted sleep due to pain and discomfort. Hypnosis helps promote deep, restful sleep by naturally reducing stress and anxiety levels. Additionally, hypnotherapy can address any underlying psychological factors that may contribute to sleep problems, such as insomnia or anxiety.
4. Increased Self-Awareness
Hypnosis can help people with TML become more present to their current mental, emotional and physical state. This heightened level of self-awareness can lead to a better understanding of the condition and how it affects them specifically. This means affected individuals can better identify triggers for their symptoms, leading to more effective management of the condition.
5. Long-Term Non-Invasive Relief
While TMJ has no known cure, hypnosis can offer long-term relief for the symptoms of TMJ without the use of surgeries or medications. Frequent use of hypnosis can help individuals develop new habits and thought patterns that reduce the symptoms over time. By addressing underlying psychological factors, hypnotherapy may also help prevent the recurrence of symptoms in the future.
Hypnosis is an excellent option for individuals with TMJ. It offers a range of benefits, from pain reduction to increased self-awareness, providing a holistic approach to managing the condition. If you're experiencing TMJ symptoms, consider exploring the potential benefits of hypnosis as a treatment option with Zen Level Therapy.