Patients in Kingston are Doing Exercises to Relieve Pain from TMJ Disorder Until the Can Get Help
Have you been having trouble with neck pain or chronic headaches? If so, you may be experiencing these due to something called temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder. Your TMJ provides your jaw the ability to operate and move like it does. Dr. Stephen Lawrence and his team at Lawrence Dental in Kingston, PA have been providing treatment to patients experiencing issue TMJ disorder. When your temporomandibular joints get put under excessive stress or pressure, they can become strained or misaligned resulting in an overworking of your jaw muscles. This overworking of your jaw muscles can lead to several symptoms including neck and jaw pain or chronic headaches.
It’s crucial to get a professional diagnosis for any jaw or neck pain you may be experiencing, but until you can get professional assistance, there are several exercises you can do from the comfort of your home. There is not a clear consensus on how these exercises actually relieve the pain, but it’s been found that these exercises:
- Strengthen Your Jaw Muscles
- Stretch and Relax Your Jaw Muscles
- Provide Increased Mobility of Your Jaw
- Can Reduce Jaw Clicking
- Can Promote Jaw Healing
Exercises to Relieve Pain Associated with TMJ Disorder
What follows are just a few of the exercises that people all over the world are doing from home, work, etc. to help deal with the discomfort associated with TMJ disorder.
Relaxed Jaw Exercise – This is a simple exercise where you gently rest your tongue at the roof of your mouth and set it behind your top front teeth, allowing your teeth to slowly open as you allow your jaw muscles to relax
Goldfish Exercise – Allow your tongue to relax on the roof of your mouth while placing a finger at the location of your TMJ while placing your pointer finger at your chin. As you do this, begin to drop your lower jaw slowly about halfway to it’s maximum and then slowly close again using the finger you’ve placed on your chin as resistance. Repeat several times.
Chin Tucks – You need to pin your shoulders back while puffing your chest out while pulling your chin straight back (think about making a double chin). Hold this position for about 5 seconds and then release. Repeat 10 times.
To learn more about TMJ disorder or if you are needing diagnosis and treatment, please give Lawrence Dental Group a call at (570) 852-2650 to schedule an appointment.