As a leading TMJ Specialist in Pasadena CA, I routinely see patients who are in a great deal of pain. Pain that radiates from the TMJ can be felt through the jaw, down the neck, and up through the crown of the head. In some cases, the pain is excruciating and needs immediate attention.
Causes of TMJ Jaw Pain
TMJ disorders can be caused by blunt trauma to the face, orthodontic work or more subtle traumas like clenching or grinding of teeth. Even cradling your phone between your shoulder and head can trigger TMJ symptoms.
Most TMJ jaw pain cases require highly specialized treatment – such as DTR for TMJ and TruDenta pain management therapy. But there are also a few light exercises that sufferers can do at home to alleviate pain.
TMJ Jaw Exercises
Exercise 1: Bite your teeth together and look in the mirror at the position of your central incisors on your lower jaw. Watch these teeth and open your mouth slowly. Attempt to keep your lower jaw centered as you open. Repeat 10 times.
Exercise 2: Cup your palm under your chin and open your mouth slowly. Provide gentle resistance to your mouth opening. Repeat 10 times.
Exercise 3: Open your mouth about one inch from a clenched bite. Move your lower jaw as far to the right and then to the left as is comfortable without opening more. Repeat 10 times for each side.
Exercise 4: Close your teeth gently against each other and place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth right behind your front teeth. Keep your teeth closed and run the tip of your tongue backward along the roof of your mouth until your reach your soft palate. Slowly open your mouth and keep your tongue on the roof. Stop opening when your tongue leaves the roof, you have any pain or you hear clicks and pops. Hold this position for a few seconds and then relax. Repeat once or twice per day.
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