It’s a widely known fact that sometimes when our bodies ache, stretching can go a long way toward reducing pain naturally. That’s why so many people find relief using things like physical therapy and yoga. But when your temporomandibular joint starts hurting, there’s not exactly a yoga class for that – but there are some exercises you can try at home to help strengthen the temporomandibular joint and lessen the pain of TMJ disorder.
- With your mouth closed and jaw relaxed, slightly part your teeth. As slowly as you can, open your mouth as wide as possible. Hold your mouth in place for several seconds, and slowly close it. Next, with your head completely still, move your jaw to the left. Hold it in place for several seconds. Return to resting position. Hold for several seconds and then move your jaw to the right.
- Place your thumb under your chin and press down against the chin, slowly opening and closing your mouth. Now, place your index finger on the ridge between the lower lip and chin. Gently push your mouth closed.
- Push your shoulders back and push your chest forward with your chin tucked in so you have a double chin. Hold that position in place for three seconds. Repeat 10 times
- Open and close your mouth as slowly as possible. Repeat 20 times.
- Using your tongue, gently touch the roof of your mouth, and then open and close your mouth. Repeat 10 times.
If you are interested in trying these exercises to help relax and strengthen your jaw and ease your TMJ disorder symptoms, be sure to check with Dr. George before beginning. To learn more about TMJ disorder and to be evaluated for this condition, please call Dr. George at 724-220-2347.