TMJ is a painful condition that can cause pain in the jaw, headaches, difficulty chewing, and other symptoms. Physical therapy is often the best treatment solution for TMJ pain. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to walk through a few helpful exercises for TMJ pain relief.
This is a very simple exercise that can help relax the jaw. Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth so it rests behind your front teeth. Then slowly allow your jaw to drop open. Repeat several times.
Pull your shoulders back and puff out your chest. Then pull your chin straight back to create a “double chin” and hold for three seconds. Repeat several times.
Resisted Mouth Opening & Closing
With your mouth closed, place your thumb underneath your chin. Then slowly open your mouth, while applying resistance pressure with your thumb. Hold for several seconds and release. This exercise can also be done in reverse. Begin with your mouth open and pinch your chin with both thumbs and index fingers. Then slowly close your mouth while applying resistance pressure with your fingers. Hold for several seconds and release. Repeat several times.
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