TMJ Exercises - Relieving Your Temporo-Mandibular
TMJ exercises makes it easy to relieve
Temporo-Mandibular Joint discomforts and they're quite easy to do,
however, like any health Professional, we'll advise you to always see your Dentist, Orthodontist
, or a TMJ Specialist first if you think you're experiencing TMJ problems.
A little background on Temporo-Mandibular Joint
Joints are the joints on either side of the jaw that works
in unison. There are two bones which form the TMJ structure, they are:
the upper temporal bone
which forms part of the skull, and the lower jaw bone which is called mandible.
TMJ is a very complex joint that it may cause a
variety of symptoms (pain) that you may not usually associate
with TMJ. Seeing a health professional, will help you determine if
indeed the pain is associated with TMJ.
TMJ problem can be easily misconceived as a plain
headache, facial pain, migraines, neck pain, eye problems, and many
more. The pain can be recurrent and is no simple problem, seeing your
dentist helps determine the proper TMJ exercises that can work best for
When having TMJ problems, you'll most-likey
experience pain on the joints of the jaw and difficulty in opening your
mouth, clicks and pops on the joint may also be observed, as well as
tightness on the jaw.
TMJ disorders are commonly known only as TMJ, in
context, it's a jaw disorder that affects the neck, back, and ears. If
left untreated, it can affect a person's breathing, eating, and may
experience an incredible pain.
Dentists and chiropractors agree that one of the
best ways to treat TMJ is by relaxing and strengthening one's jaw
muscles to fix jaw alignment and alleviate TMJ pain.
There are a variety of TMJ exercises that you can
try and these exercises aren't a one-size fit all solution. What may
work for someone may not necessarily work for someone else. The length
of time too is hard to predict, some achieve TMJ cure in as little as
days of employing TMJ exercises, others may take a week or two.
Here's a video demonstration by Kinetic Health on
the first series of TMJ exercises that you may try to alleviate TMJ
Other TMJ Exercises to Try
The Isometric TMJ exercise calls for dividing your
jaw (chin) into four parts for the exercise. To start this routine, sit
comfortably in a chair and cross the index fingers of your both hands
and place it against your chin to divide your jaw.
Next, press the left (or right) side of your chin
towards the opposite direction with your middle and index fingers while
you try to resist the force with the strength of your jaw, trying to
keep it straight. Count 1-10 and do the same on opposite side.
Then, slightly open your mouth to separate your
teeth and place your thumb on the lower part of your chin and push
backward, resist the force of your finger with the strength of your
jaw. Count 1-10, and do the same on the upper part of your chin (right
below your lower lips).
first step in this TMJ exercise is called "chin to chest". Lower your
chin towards your chest, hold, and count to ten. You can also place
your hand at the back of your head to have more pressure on it but
don't pull your head with your hand, just lower your head on it's own.
The purpose of placing your hand is only to add the pressure.
Next, turn your face to the left, hold that
position and count 1-10. Turn to the right after.
The next step is lower your head sideways, hold
and count to 10 for each side. Do this without turning your head, just
lower your head but keep your eyes forward.
The final step on this TMJ exercise is a sligh
variation of the chin to chest stretching. Hold your head straight
up-right, turn it slightly at 2 o'clock position then lower down your
chin towards your chest and count to 10. Do the same at 10 o'clock
are many more TMJ exercises that you can try to heal your TMJ problems
but we strongly urge you to see a health Professional first for proper
treatment. Professionals can work with you in choosing the right TMJ
exercise that can help alleviate or even cure your TMJ issue.
The video demonstration by Kinetic Health above is excellent and if
you're planning to cure your TMJ from home, we recommend you try it
say that prevention is better than cure and the best way to prevent TMJ
is through regular dental check-up. Twice a year dental check-up is
ideal and you can couple your dental check-up with travel and fun here
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