The enVy Pillow with COPPER is the perfect choice for TMJ pain sufferers with its unique Off-Your-Jaw Design and the Anti-Inflammatory benefits of COPPER

What is TMJ or TMD?

Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) is jaw pain that occurs as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint (TMJ), and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw. Like any joint in the body, the TMJ is subject to wear and tear, trauma, disease and degeneration.

What Causes TMJ Pain and Problems?

The most common cause for wear-and-tear is grinding of the teeth (known as bruxism), usually in our sleep. Over time the repeated teeth grinding will produce soreness or pain in the jaw muscles disturbing our sleep.

Many TMJ suffers are not aware that their night time teeth grinding may be due to the fact their neck is not being supported.  As are muscles in our head, neck and jaw relax as we drift off to sleep we require proper support.  If these muscles feel unsupported they can tense up in an effort to feel supported.  Our top and bottom teeth should never be in contact except lightly during chewing. When teeth are held together or the jaw is held tense over a period of time, the facial, jaw and neck muscles become fatigued and painful. This leads to grinding our teeth.

Morning and afternoon headaches, difficulty chewing, neck pain, and sore facial muscles are symptoms most commonly reported when the TMJ is inflamed. 

How can the enVy Pillow help my TMJ Pain?

Sleeping in proper alignment will assist in body posture issues, support your airway and improve jaw-joint positioning.  The  enVy Pillow  not only offers the proper neck, jaw and spinal support to help our muscles relax but it also off-loads pressure on this small sensitive joint allowing it to heal.  Adding the anti-inflammatory benefits  of COPPER aids in this healing -- check out our full COPPER Collection of pillows and other copper infused sleep products.

The enVy Anti-Aging/ Anti-Wrinkle/ Ergonomic Pillow has been tried and tested by a TMJ support group TMJ Hope.  One of their TMJ sufferers had this to say about the enVy Pillow ….

``The V shape of the Envy pillow takes the pressure off the jaw and I find that I sleep much better. ``

~ Sue F, Chronic TMJ sufferer

How the enVy Pillow relieves pressure off your TMJ

Side Sleeping on the enVy Pillow

Sleep Bruxism? Am I Clenching my Jaw at Night?

Current research shows that poor airway alignment and sleep disorders are major factors that contribute to patients developing a TMD or TMJ pain and chronic facial pain and jaw pain problems. In those people who snore or have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), excessive tooth grinding may occur as the jaw is constantly pushed forward during sleep in an attempt to open the airway. This condition is known as Sleep Bruxism. Over time, there may be tooth loss and the constant forces on the facial muscles and TMJ’s can lead to pain and dysfunction.

What other things can you do to help with TMJ Pain?

Besides using the enVy Pillow to relieve pressure of your TMJ, we recommend taking an anti-inflammatory and icing the area which can provide temporary relief of an acute TMD flare up. However, more must be done to correct the underlying condition – stress management, airway management, neck/jaw alignment, and better sleep quality. 

Sometimes this can be managed by making a few positive choices. Instead of worrying, we should try to deal with stress to help our mind and, thus, our jaw to relax. Less stress will definitely help all of us sleep better. Ensuring that we get a deep restorative sleep on a TMJ relief pillow such as the enVy Anti-Aging/ Wellness Pillow with COPPER will help reduce pain perception and help promote healing of the inflamed area.