Your jaw’s movement is controlled by a complex group of muscles, and it hinges on your two temporomandibular joints (TMJs) located in front of each ear. TMJ disorders describe a large group of jaw dysfunctions that result in injury to the joints and muscles, and the severity of each condition varies from patient to patient. In many cases, the discomfort caused by TMJ disorder is a result of tension, and can be alleviated, at least temporarily, by helping the muscles and joints relax. When it strikes suddenly, try these jaw exercises to help relieve TMJ pain, though we advise seeking help from your TMJ experts as soon as possible if the pain persists.
Your jaw’s muscles can grow tense and cramped when they’re strained, exhausted, or damaged. While strengthening them can reduce the risk of most TMJ disorders, some jaw exercises can also stretch the muscles and help them relax to alleviate the discomfort.
- Using the web between your forefinger and thumb, gently press your lower jaw (mandible) backwards. Sit straight in a high-backed chair to avoid straining your neck, and keep your jaw relaxed and lightly closed (it should open slightly when you press backwards). Repeat 3-5 times a day, especially after eating.
- To increase the strength in your jaw muscles, expound on the above exercise by maintaining pressure with your hand as your force your lower jaw (just your lower jaw, not your whole head) forward again. At first, your jaw muscles may grow sore quickly until they become stronger.
- With both hands placed firmly on either side of your jaw, finger tips resting on your TMJs, slowly guide your lower jaw back, forth, and in circular motions. Take care not to use your jaw muscles at all, only your hands, and for better results, incorporate the motion into a jaw massage.
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