i was just wondering - I am a tmj sufferer (refer to my first post 'tmj sufferer would like some insight please!') and i've always kept myself fit.
Over the last 1.5yrs I haven't done as much activity but I still walk quite fast on a treadmill I have at home, about 1.5hrs walk, 3-4 times a week.
My question is, is this ok to do so? I dont experience tmj pain, only stiffness and less mobility in my jaw... What do you all think? Can I keep myself fit and even loose some weight with faster & longer walking? Its not like I feel worse after I get off the treadmill in regards to my jaw... Or could I be doing damage that I just dont know of yet...
im truely suprized that no one has answered you on this. i havent been around much lately or id have answered. its ok to do as long as you are not bouncing your head and neck area. any exercise that puts stress on your head and neck is usually something to be avoided.
I've been into fitness for a while, weight lifting, running, swimming and other activities. I suspect that I've had TMJ to some extent for at least a few years, I think it progressively got worse until the last 6 months when it became a major problem for me, I was diagnosed by a general doctor and finally just got a splint in a week ago.
I definitely know that TMJ affected my ability and desire to workout. During the last month or so when the pain was getting really bad I was fairly inactive because any strenuous exercise mad the pain and swelling worse. Now that I am finally adjusting to the splint I feel like exercising again and am going to gradually start a strenuous exercise program. If you don't already have a splint made by a dentist or orthodontist I would definitely recommend getting one as it helps a lot with the pain by putting your jaw in a better position to keep pressure off the TMJ joint.
absolutely cali+_guy You may want to take it easy too and see what aggravates it and then avoid it ---you can go back later and see if you can do it at a later date. I know that there were things years ago that I couldnt do but can now as a result of treatments.