Simple Exercises You Can Do from Home to Relieve Discomfort Caused by Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
Your oral health includes more than just your teeth and gums. It also includes your jaw and its supporting joints and muscles, including the temporomandibular joint. If you find that you are experiencing symptoms such as facial pain, migraines, jaw popping or clicking, or even tinnitus, it could be a sign that you have temporomandibular joint dysfunction. The team at Milford Dental and Associates in Highland, Michigan, offer personalized treatment for TMJ disorders. Part of this can include physical therapy exercises you can perform from the comfort of your home.
Here are some common exercises which could help with your TMJ disorder.
Resist Mouth Closing
This exercise involves applying pressure to your chin by placing your thumbs underneath as well as your index fingers between the ridge of your mouth and the bottom of your chin. Using your fingers and thumbs, apply downward pressure to your chin as you close your mouth.
Resist Mouth Opening
You can place your fingers in the same areas as the previous exercise, only this time, instead of applying pressure as you close your mouth, do so as you open it. Slowly open your mouth while applying gentle pressure with your fingers, hold for five seconds, and then slowly close.
With this exercise, you will place your tongue on the roof of your mouth and then slowly open and close your mouth, always keeping the tongue touching the roof. You will repeat these 5-10 times.
These are just a few exercises you can try from home to help with your temporomandibular joint disorder. When you visit Milford Dental and Associates, we will be able to provide you with a list of exercises you can do to help alleviate the symptoms brought on by your TMD.
If you believe you have TMD or need to schedule a dental appointment at our Highland, MI office, please call (248) 845-4575 today.Back to TMJ Treatment Page