The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) may not be mentioned in normal conversation, but you wouldn’t be able to open or close your mouth without it. The TMJ is one of the most unique joints in your body, allowing for the backward, forward and side-to-side movement of your jaw. When something goes wrong with your TMJ, you can develop a TMJ disorder, which is often to blame for the most common pain in your jaw or near the ears.
Stretches for TMJ
Although the discomfort can go away on its own, many people have found that stretches for TMJ help ease the irritation. Here are some of them.
Relaxation Exercises for TMJ
Exercises that help you relax can also help to relieve TMJ pain – especially if it’s stress-related. Mayo Clinic recommends breathing exercises to ease tension in the jaw muscles. If you are feeling tense, try inhaling for a count of five or 10, then slowly exhaling. Although not a form of exercise, learning how to reduce the amount of stress in your life can go a long way toward easing any TMJ-related discomfort that develops as a result.
Caring for Your Mouth
Along with strengthening and stretching exercises, how you care for your mouth can influence your TMJ pain relief efforts, too. When you brush or floss, be careful not to open the mouth too wide, even when reaching the second and third molars.
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