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If you’re experiencing pain, stiffness and clicking noises in your jaw, you might be one of the 15% of adults who are thought to have TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems. Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD or TMJD) affects more women than men, and tends to affect people from the ages of 20 to 40. Symptoms of TMJD Include: Pain in one or both of your jaw joints, your face, or neck Earache Pain when you chew Stiff jaw muscles Difficulty with fitting your teeth together A clicking noise, while it can be a symptom, doesn’t necessarily mean you have TMJD – many people...

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When you have a headache coming on, rather than automatically reaching for the medication, try one of these tips first and see if it helps. If you suffer from frequent headaches or migraines, you should seek advice from your healthcare provider. Go hot and cold Get the frozen peas out of the freezer, wrap them in a towel and put them on your forehead if you don’t have an ice pack. Keep it there for 15 minutes. Alternatively, a cold shower may relieve the pain. Tension headaches often respond well to heat, so try a heating pad on your neck....

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If you’re one of the 15% of US adults who suffers from severe headaches or migraines, or one of the 18% of people who suffer from headaches multiple times a month, you’re probably looking for ways to reduce their severity and frequency. Here are a few tips to help you manage your headaches a little better. Get a treatment plan Don’t take over the counter pain medications any more than twice a week; if you’re dealing with frequent headaches you should consider seeing your healthcare provider for a treatment plan. Try to reduce stress Stress can exacerbate headaches in many people,...

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There are many different ways to try hydrotherapy at home; using water at different temperatures in different ways can give you all the benefits of hot and cold in the privacy of your own home. Hot and cold foot soak A foot soak can help to balance your body temperature, which leads to reduced stress and reducing anxiety. It can have benefits for insomnia and sore muscles too. Just run a tub of hot water and put your feet in the tub for a few minutes. Add sea salt or Epsom salts for extra benefits, or try alternating hot with...

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A regular massage is often considered to be a treat, rather than a necessity. Most people believe that having a massage is good for aches and pains, or can help if they’ve overdone the exercise. Not everybody realizes that massage therapy is also a powerful painkiller that can even be used to help people with back problems to reduce the amount of medication they must take. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain and if you’re one of the 31 million Americans who suffers with back pain at some point in their life, you’ll know how...

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