TMJ Guide

What Are the Various Exercises
to Relieve TMJ?

No matter how much the media tries to manipulate you in buying hoards of over-the-counter TMJ medications, make sure that you donít touch them for the simple reason that these may not offer you the permanent TMJ treatment that you need. Moreover, most of these much advertised pills, drugs or tablets are only addressed to TMJ symptoms and not the disease itself.

Practicing TMJ exercises on a daily basis is vital for relief from the TMJ syndrome. Meanwhile, it may be appropriate to get acquainted with the anatomical features of this composite joint in order to appreciate the utility of these exercises better.

While most joints in our body either work as simple hinges as in the knee or elbow or perform as free-moving ball and socket joint as in the hips or the shoulder, the temporomandibular joint functions in a different way. This uncharacteristic joint where the mandible joins the temporal bone of the skull works partly as a hinge, facilitates the opening and closing of the jaw and then slides forward a bit to ensure appropriate bite. Without the aid of this dual-functioning joint, we could neither open or close our mouth nor be able to chew any food. And here are the exercises given in detail so that you can easily perform these within the privacy of your home and lead a symptom-free life.

TMJ Exercise 1

Move your tongue to touch the roof of your mouth and then open your mouth as much as possible. Hold the tongue in the same position and breathe in slowly for ten seconds after which, you will need to breathe out slowly for another ten seconds. Bring back the tongue in the normal position, wait for ten seconds and then repeat the performance several times. This will relieve the tension in the jaw which in turn will relieve the pain.

TMJ Exercise 2

Use your fist to prop the chin by placing it right under the lower mandible. Now, start pushing the fist against the chin, while at the same time trying to open the jaw. The isometric energy developed through the process will help relax the mandible as long as this exercise is continued. However, as a precautionary measure, abort the exercise if the jaw clicks at any point since this may cause permanent injury to the joint, leading to further pain and discomfort. Nevertheless, keep on doing this exercise for ten seconds if the clicking does not occur. After the scheduled time release the pressure, close the mouth, wait for ten/fifteen seconds and then start again. In the event of the jaw clicking during the beginning of the exercise, you may temporarily abandon the process, give rest to the jaw and then start all over again.

TMJ Exercise 3

Create a fairly tight fist with your right hand and push it against the right side of your jaw immediately below the jaw joint. Retain a steady pressure against the jaw for ten seconds before releasing it for the time being. Repeat the same procedure for the left jaw joint by using your left hand. In fact, you can perform it for both joints simultaneously for ten seconds and then release pressure at the same time. The isometric energy so developed in this case will help relax jaw muscles in both the joints, thereby relieving your TMJ pain.

TMJ Exercise 4

Utilize the index finger of both hands to press against both sides of the temporomandibular joint, allowing medium pressure immediately below the joints. Abort if jaw clicks and then start all over again. Try to maintain uniform pressure at both the joints which will retrain the jaw to open and close in perfect alignment. This exercise proves ideal for those suffering from misaligned jaw and allied problems.

TMJ Exercise 5

This mode of TMJ exercise is somewhat risky and is, therefore, not recommended to TMJ patients that have fallen victim to chronic jaw pain and allied tribulations. Nevertheless, it works fine with those who have been diagnosed with TMJ disorder earlier and have responded well with the previous calisthenics. Since the temporomandibular joint is capable of dual performance Ė one working as a hinge while the other allows the mandible to slide forward to facilitate proper bite, this exercise rejuvenates the functional properties of both the actions, thereby helping the joint to perform better. However, it entails holding the chin with the forefinger and the thumb and then giving it a slight shake every alternate ten second. The chin may also be pulled out and pushed in, imitating the TMJ mode of functioning. As a precautionary measure, it should be aborted as soon as any pain or inconvenience is felt during the performance.

Seeking Permanent TMJ Relief

Natural exercises for TMJ may help, particularly to remove the symptoms that are associated with the disease. But the fact is, the real causes of the disease remain within the body. And this is precisely where holistic remedies can help. Treating the body as a whole, holistic remedies seek out all the contributing factors and then eradicate them. Thus, rather than treating the symptoms, the main causes are treated, and thus the signs of TMJ also go away. The remedy is also permanent.

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