“Chomp. Pop. Chomp. Pop…”
If you’ve been suffering from jaw popping, you might be sick of the looks people give you when you eat in a quiet room or more likely, any associated pain with the popping.
If you are experiencing pain with your jaw popping, don’t worry, you’re definitely not the only one.
Where Does The Jaw Popping Sound Come From?
The popping sound is coming from your TMJ or Temperomandibular joint.
This happens because tight muscles or tendons are pulling your jaw one way or the other out of place.
This sound is the joint being placed under stress and popping slightly in and out of place when you chew or yawn.
Some Related Symptoms To Jaw Popping:
- Jaw Pain
- Teeth Grinding
- Lock Jaw
- Facial Pain
- Pain when opening mouth
- Tooth and gum pain
What Causes Jaw Popping?
Jaw popping can be caused by all sorts of things, as I mentioned before tight muscles and tendons or even muscles, tendons and ligaments that are too loose cause your jaw to function poorly.
This tension can be caused by:
- Bad posture
- Overuse of the jaw (constant chewing on gum)
- Past trauma
- Teeth grinding
- Jaw clenching
Is It Worth Worrying About a Popping Jaw?
That’s a tough question to answer, in a lot of cases it may fix itself.
But, if you don’t find out what’s causing the jaw popping, symptoms will likely get worse and you could end up grinding your teeth or in extreme cases having jaw lock or even jaw dislocation.
How To Fix a Popping Jaw:
In my opinion the best thing that you can do with any jaw related problem is to try TMJ exercises.
These are exercises developed by physical therapists that are designed to improve strength in the jaw muscles, relieve built up tension in problem areas of the jaw and promote smooth function of your jaw joints.
As well as this, avoid chewing too much on tough thing and stop chewing gum. Maybe even try a soft food diet temporarily while your jaw gets some much needed rest.
Improving your posture and finding time in the day to do 5 minutes of relaxation will work wonders for your entire body and your jaw.
A Boring Solution, But Great Results:
Make sure the big muscles in your body, like your back muscles, quads and hip-flexors are stretched regularly. Relieve tension in these areas will have a chain reaction effect of relaxation and will help your jaw relax.
The Best Jaw Popping Treatment To Start Right Now:
I highly recommend trying TMJ exercises, as they are the most effective at treating jaw popping problems.
The exercises below will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and when we polled our respondents, 75% of them said they felt improvement within 3 days. Have a go, but desist if you feel pain while doing the exercises.
You can find them here: