Daily Jaw Exercises for the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
When the TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) becomes misaligned, it can cause problems, not only in the jaw, but also headaches and neck pain. When done daily, these simple exercises can build up the muscles surrounding those joints to help reinforce and support the alignment of the joint.
The TMJ is where the jaw meets up with your skull. There is one on each side of the skull and if you get a misalignment on either side it can cause problems in that area as well as in the eyes and ears. It can also cause headaches, neck pain, and even effect your sinuses.
When you visit your chiropractor they will align this area, but there is also a quick exercise you can do at home to help keep your joints moving correctly.
The muscles are a stabilizing structures around the joints, which are connected to each other by tendons and ligaments. If something goes wrong with the tendons and ligaments, the muscles will stabilize the joint that is having the problem.
To build the muscles that stabilize the TMJ, sit up straight and place your open hand against one side of your face. Then gently push your hand into your face while letting your jaw push into your hand. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times. When you are finished with one side complete exercise on opposite jaw.
This is called an isometric exercise, meaning you don't have to move the joint but you do contract the muscles you are focusing on. Doing this daily will help stabilize the jaw and cause less trouble. Along with chiropractic adjustments, these simple movements can stabilize and support your jaw in less than 5 minutes a day!