You might have had lower jaw pain for years, or maybe you’ve just started to notice it, either way you probably want to get rid of it. This type of jaw pain is often associated with a jaw condition called TMJ syndrome, a particularly hard condition to treat, because it’s causes are often habitual.
To make a worthwhile go of fixing your lower jaw pain, you first have to understand why it’s happening. So let’s take a look!
What’s Causing My Lower Jaw Pain?
More often than not the cause of TMJ and jaw pain one side or both is stress and tension. Tension can build up in your body throughout the day, making your muscles overwork and forcing them to rely on surrounding muscles. This creates tightness and a chain reaction starts around your body causing it to function unnaturally.
This eventuates until the tension reaches your jaw and the joints start to become rigid and pain in the lower jaw starts.
This pain can also come from poor posture which has the same affects as tension build up.
2 Ways To Stop Lower Jaw Pain
The most important thing to do is always use correct posture. If like most people, you spend a lot of time at the computer; whether at work or at home, you need to sit properly. Those little posters hanging up on the wall at work might actually be useful after all!
When you sit or stand correctly, the muscles that are meant to be used for standing and sitting are doing the work and not having to rely on smaller, weaker muscles.
So make sure your computer is at eye level, make sure your shoulders are back and your back is straight with your core muscles (eg abs) doing the work of holding you up. If you just fixed your posture then, you might actually feel an immediate release in pressure in your jaw. If you didn’t feel it that’s ok, it definitely happened.
The Most Effective Treatment For Lower Jaw Pain
One of the best ways to treat lower jaw pain is to start doing exercises that are designed for your jaw. These can help reduce tension and promote healthy function of the jaw joints. They can reduce pain within minutes for some people, but this isn’t always the case. You should try to do these exercises regularly for two weeks and see how your jaw is feeling then.
If you’d like some sample exercises you can have them sent straight to your email by following the link at the bottom of this page. Remember to treat your lower jaw pain as quickly as possible, because if you leave it; symptoms can get worse and your jaw will be much harder to treat.