Each day we are faced with surprises and new opportunities, which tend to amplify our stress levels. In today’s world, stress has formed a negative connotation and has become an unwanted part of our lives. It comes and goes throughout the many phases of life and dramatically affects our well-being.
A positive emotional and mental balance is crucial when establishing a healthy lifestyle. Stress can cause extreme fatigue, brain fog, and emotional distress. While it can affect our mental state, it simultaneously deteriorates our physical health. Stress can be detected through thermography, more specifically in the head region.
Looking at the image above, you can see the large amounts of inflammation around and in the ear. The excessive amount of inflammation, the white, is a direct indication of teeth clenching. Teeth clenching is commonly found in thermography and can signify emotional stress. In thermography reports, the doctor explains how clenching results from stress the body is enduring and can cause dental problems, such as bacteria buildup and gum inflammation.
One way to help alleviate the tension in your jaw is to:
- Gently close your mouth without your bottom and top teeth touching
- Push your tongue to the roof of your mouth without touching your teeth
Another exercise from the Sleep Foundation explains how you can:
- Hold your lower jaw on each side
- Slowly open your mouth and hold it for 10 seconds
- Repeat these steps three times.
Here is another resource to help incorporate jaw exercises into your daily routine!
Another way to help lower the effects of stress in the head region is through nutrition. Magnesium is a great supplement to help relax your jaw muscles and relieve tension in that region. After consulting your qualified healthcare provider, taking the correct dosage of magnesium will help decrease the clenching and the weakening of your teeth.
Thermography is a resource that assists your mind, body, and nutritional balance. Learning and understanding how stress negatively impacts your body will allow you to provide it with what it needs to flourish.