TMJ issue happens when something turns out badly with your jaw joints and jaw muscles. As a rule, this happens due to jaw damage, inflammation, for example, with joint pain, or overuse. Exercising is important for any person’s overall good health. However, for people with moderate or severe TMJ pain, we recommend an SF chiropractor’s assessment first.

GOLDFISH EXERCISE (HALFWAY OPENING)

Place your tongue on the top of your mouth and one finger before your ear where your TMJ is found. Put your center or pointer finger on your jaw. Drop your lower jaw midway and afterward close. There ought to be a mild resistance; however, not pain. A variety of this activity is to put one finger on each TMJ as you drop your lower jaw midway and shut it once more. Do this exercise multiple times in a single set. You should do one set numerous times every day. 

GOLDFISH EXERCISE (FULL OPENING)

Keeping your tongue on the top of your mouth, place one finger on your TMJ and another finger on your jawline. Drop your lower jaw totally and back. For a variety of this exercise, put one finger on each TMJ as you drop your lower jaw and back. Do this exercise multiple times to finish one set. You should complete one set numerous times day by day.

RESISTED CLOSING OF THE MOUTH

jaw exercise for pain

Press your jawline with your index and thumb with one hand. Close your mouth as you place weight delicately on your chin. This will help reinforce your muscles that help you bite. 

SIDE-TO-SIDE JAW MOVEMENT

jawline exercise for pain

Put a ¼ inch object, for example, stacked tongue depressors, between your front teeth, and gradually move your jaw from side to side. As the exercise gets less challenging, increment the thickness of the object between your teeth by stacking them one over one another. 

FORWARD JAW DEVELOPMENT

temporomandibular joint exercise

Put a ¼ inch object between your front teeth. Push your base jaw ahead, so your base teeth are before your top teeth. As the exercise gets less challenging, increment the thickness of the object between your teeth. 

These do-it-yourself TMJ exercises have helped our patients greatly. If you are still having trouble finding jaw pain relief, you may be a good candidate for our treatments. To schedule an appointment with our San Francisco Chiropractor, please call 415–421–1115 or book an appointment online.