If you struggle with chronic pain in your jaw there are some easy TMJ exercises that may relieve your discomfort.
While it is important to closely follow the advice of your doctor or dentist, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are often aided by physical therapy. Most importantly, it’s helpful to stretch and strengthen the muscles that move your jaw. With that in mind, it may surprise you to learn the benefits of tongue exercises for TMJ.
Before we look specifically at tongue exercises for TMJ, let’s examine some of the best exercises for TMJ pain, and why they work to relieve pain.
Unfortunately, no exercises will get rid of TMJ completely. TMJ is a complex thing, and TMJ treatment options can include
As we have said on our website, "Typically, if you follow the recommendations of your dentist in wearing mouth guards and work on stress coping skills (to decrease your teeth-gritting and clenching) TMJ pain will go away on its own. This is why it’s important to get a second opinion whenever a doctor suggests something dramatic like surgery."
It’s important to follow the advice of your own doctor and dentist.
While you can’t necessarily cure TMJ with exercises, you can improve things by stretching and strengthening your jaw muscles. If you are experiencing TMJ pain, you may give these exercises a try.
WebMD gives some important advice: “Ease into these exercises and try them out slowly. Pay careful attention if any pain arises.” They go on to say that you should pace yourself, and start slowly.
Healthline suggests a jaw exercise that involves only partially opening your mouth. Here are the directions for the goldfish exercise:
WebMD provides a great exercise for aligning the jaw bone:
They suggest that you repeat this exercise five times and that you do it five times a day.
On our blog, we recommend the jaw joint stretch. This stretch uses your tongue to stretch the jaw forward.
You can repeat this ten times.
As we promised, here are some of the best exercises for TMJ that specifically target the tongue.
Healthline provides a very simple tongue exercise for TMJ. “With your tongue touching the roof of your mouth, slowly open and close your mouth.”
WebMD elaborates on this technique:
Any of these TMJ exercises can be attempted safely in most cases. If they cause increased pain, stop and contact your dentist or doctor. Remember that the point of all of these TMJ exercises is to strengthen and stretch your jaw muscles.
Sometimes stretching isn’t enough and it’s time to see a dentist. If you are in the Raleigh, NC area, there is a TMJ specialist right in your backyard! TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Raleigh-Durham offers a range of solutions to help relieve your TMJ pain.
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