See this scaredy-cat?? 🐱 No, not the little pussy in front, the one that’s actually a dog at the back 😱 The one that’s scared to take risks, terrified to leap out of her comfort zone and petrified to jump into the unknown.
Well, two weeks, five days and four hours, ten minutes and 35 seconds ago (well, roughly, but you get the drama I’m trying to achieve 🙈), I took a leap of faith… on my health. I put my health, which has always been something of an obsession for me, a bit of a fitness/health fanatic you could say, into someone else’s hands. I’ve relinquished control and trusted another person to take the matter into their hands, even though I was so skeptical and anxious about it.
I’ve started a 12 week TMJ therapy treatment program.
A what now??
I’ve written about my jaw before when I was first diagnosed with TMJ disorder two years ago (read here if you have no idea what I’m banging on about), when I had a metallic taste in my mouth, jaw pain, a clunky, clicky jaw, tinnitus, teeth clenching, headaches, neck and back pain, vertigo. But I was too unsure about alternative, holistic therapies, you know the ones that you can’t claim health insurance on? I was scared to take the plunge and spend money on something that wasn’t mainstream because what if I spent all that money and it did nothing?? Or, the most terrifying thought, what if made things worse?
But then when I started to post about my TMJ, and reach out to my fellow SM peeps, I started to get advice from others who had been in the same boat. And when five different people, a couple I knew, and others complete strangers, recommended the same guy, I felt as though I was onto something. Something real. They all said “you’ve got to see Dr Wally, he’s amazing”. My confidence started to lift. Maybe someone could help me? Maybe this TMJ thing was real??
And so, long story short, here I am, 24 hours a day with something shoved in my gob (cough, cough, I’ll pretend I didn’t hear you giggle 😳) – a day splint for my bottom jaw and night splints, top and bottom while I am horizontal. Plus I’m on an anti-inflammatory diet to help with the inflammation of my jaw.
I don’t know how I’m feeling yet, although I’m certainly nailing body balance class at the gym and my gut is loving all the health food!! Also my jaw, which has been out of line for almost ten years, is beginning to move so that’s got to be a good sign doesn’t it??
To be honest I feel like it’s too early to sing praises just yet or to know if I’ve made the right decision to do this but I’m hopeful… my husband seems hopeful… and so does Dr Wally. And when you’ve been down in the dumps about something, too scared to take any action for so bloody long, any kind of hope is a blessing, any sign of improvement just has to be a step in the right direction…
Stay tuned for part 3…
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You can find information about Dr Wally and the TMJ Therapy Centre in Toorak at tmjtherapycentre.com.au.