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Question for TMJ sufferers(10 posts)

Question for TMJ sufferersrideslikeagirl
May 20, 2002 12:08 PM
I've noticed that my jaw acts up after long or especially hard rides. And sometimes it's as bad a temporarily screwing up my occlusion.

Anyone else? Any remedies? I just can't bring myself to shell out a grand for a night guard. Certainly not when that's good 'bike' money!
You really need to stop chewing on your tires...Spinchick
May 20, 2002 12:28 PM
;-) Seriously, I thought I was in some weird category of people who clench my teeth while riding. I actually trained myself to stop the same way I attempted to train myself not to mash (which wasn't quite as successfull). I started doing a form check at pre-specified mileage points (ie every 2 miles to start, then I increased it 1 mile each ride). I would take note of my cadence/jaw/shoulders/wrists, etc. It sounds like a hassle but it helped my form tremendously. After a while, the new, relaxed form because habit as muscle memory took over.
You ARE in a weird category!rideslikeagirl
May 20, 2002 12:46 PM

Actually, there's no way I'm clenching...I'm busy gasping.

I think you're on to something, tho. I'll try doing the form check every so often and try to concentrate on relaxing my jaw.

Probably won't hurt to check the rest of my form, as well!

Not to be anal but...amflyer
May 20, 2002 2:38 PM
TMJ = Temporomandibular joint

I think you 're after the term TMD, or TM Disorder. I think you're safe from spending the cash on a niteguard too, as they are more for bruxing problems, or grinding your teeth at night.

As long as you don't feel any joint pain, you're proabably not going to do too much damage, assuming you have a decent bite to begin'll just tire your muscles of mastication and have a tenser ride. Try what the others have suggested, conciously trying to relax. Check your shoulders and hands...if they are tense, your probably clenching too.

And if you're really not clenching while you ride, (this will sound sorta "duh'" but...) how tight is your helmet? If the strap was way tight it could concievably throw your TMJ elevation out of its normal arc, and maybe produce what you described.

By the way, this advice is from someone who has only completed one year of Dent school so far, so you might want to check with those people who put D.D.S. after their name!

Hope this helps.

yup...TMJ is much more serious than what you describe (nm)ColnagoFE
May 21, 2002 7:14 AM
TMJ = Too Many Joints?! ;-)grzy
May 20, 2002 3:15 PM
Suggestion for TMJ sufferersCrankist
May 20, 2002 7:27 PM
I had that condition pretty bad several years ago. DDS said
that there was no such condition; pretty much just my imagination. What a prick. My DO however offered this 'trick' which cleared it up within a week: place your pinky tip (or something similarly-sized)way to the back of the jaw past the teeth near the joint and clamp the jaw down pretty hard, holding it for a few seconds. Do both sides. Do it several times a day. Good luck, what a painful condition it is!
Like under my ear lobe or in front of my ear?rideslikeagirl
May 21, 2002 7:15 AM
Like under my ear lobe or in front of my ear?Crankist
May 21, 2002 11:04 AM
I guess I was pretty unclear. You would be inside your mouth with the finger, past the teeth: Put your thumb striaght up, then toward you and continue until it points straight down. Run your pinky to the outside of the teeth, past them and hook the tip of your finger behind the teeth and crunch down. It only hurts the pinky the tiniest bit.
re: Question for TMJ sufferersscruffyduncan
May 21, 2002 1:09 AM
put your tongue between your teeth, that'll stop it.