To help prevent or treat a
temporomandibular disorder (TMD), you can try gentle jaw exercises. You can also try techniques that help you relax your jaw muscles.
Try a gentle exercise
to restore normal range of motion, improve flexibility, and strengthen the jaw
muscles. Your doctor, dentist, or physical therapist can recommend additional
Do not do this exercise when your pain is severe or if it makes
your pain worse.
Paying attention to how you use your jaw can both prevent and help relieve
Good habits that help relax and
rest your jaw include:
Avoid things that make your jaw tense:
For more tips, see Jaw Problems: Changing Your Diet and Temporomandibular Disorders: Ways to Ease Pain.
January 11, 2012
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
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