Best Practices for TMJ Disorder Pain Relief

The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the joints that connect your jawbone to the skull. It plays an important role when you speak, chew and swallow. In other words, this functions when you’re on your day-to-day routine. Because temporomandibular joints work way more than any other muscle joints in the body, often times, they are stressed and overworked. This can lead to TMJ disorder.

TMJ Disorder Warning Disorders to All

Temporomandibular joints syndrome is an indication that something’s wrong with your jaw joints and muscles. Few common reasons are jaw injury, inflammation and overuse. Many people can tell that it’s just a normal reaction and that they can live with it, but TMJ syndrome can get worse if not treated fairly. The symptoms can start from mild, moderate to severe cases. The most common symptom is the clicking and popping sounds in the jaw every time you open and close your mouth. Other warning symptoms include headache, chronic pain while chewing, earache, face and jaw pain, neck pain and lock jaw.

Since the root cause of this condition remains unclear, there are simple exercises that can help alleviate pain caused by TMJ syndrome. There are nine (9) best practices of that you can apply to help relief TMJ pain.

  1. Relax jaw exercise is the commonest undertaking against the syndrome. This requires you to rest your tongue gently on top of your mouth. Give it a few minutes time and then try to allow your teeth to come in between until your relaxed the jaw muscles.
  2. Gold fish exercise (partial opening) is when you place your tongue on top of your mouth and put a finger in front of your ears where the TMJ is located. Put then your forefinger on your chin and drop your jaw halfway in a slow manner and then close it back. There may be mild reaction but not pain. Do this 6 times daily.
  3. Gold fish exercise (full opening) is to place your tongue on the mouth roof, put a finger where the TMJ is and another finger for your lower jaw. Carefully drop your lower jaw, completely opening the mouth and then close it back. Do this 6 times daily.
  4. Chin tucks is an exercise in which you need to pull your chin straight back with shoulders back and chest up. Hold this form for three seconds and then repeat ten times.
  5. Resisted opening of the mouth is when you use your thumb to push your chin for resistance while you open your mouth. Do this for three to six seconds before closing your mouth.
  6. Resisted closing of the mouth requires you to squeeze your chin using your thumb and index with one hand. Put a pressure on your chin gently as you close your mouth. This mobilizes muscle strength which can help you chew.
  7. Tongue up is a jaw exercise against your TMJ disorder that allows your tongue to touch the roof of your mouth as you slowly open and close your mouth.
  8. Side-to-side jaw movement is to find a ¼ inch object, like tongue depressors and place in between your front teeth. Use this as you slowly move your jaw from side to side. As your mouth gets used to it, you can increase the object’s thickness.
  9. Forward jaw movement is as the same as the side-to-side jaw movement. Only that you move your jaw forward, putting your bottom teeth in front.

You may seek help of your health expert should you desire other options against TMJ disorder.