TMJ Treatment Routine 1: Passive Exercises
Although these exercises may seem very simple and possibly ineffective, they will positively affect the way your jaw moves and aid in releasing some of the tension that builds in the area. They are a great starting point for anyone who is unsure of what they need to do and can help to gauge how severe your jaw problems may be.
Passive exercises are those that require little active force from the muscles. They should be done without causing pain and can aid in maintaining blood flow to the muscles, which decreases the chances of myostatic contracture. As well as this, passive exercises will help you to do certain movements that will overcome your jaw dysfunction.
Passive Exercise 1:
Stand in front of a mirror and open your mouth slowly and gently along a straight opening pathway.
Don’t push into pain if possible. It is important to watch your jaw and make sure it is opening and closing in a symmetrical way.
Passive Exercise 2:
In front of the mirror again, slide the bottom of your jaw to the left and to the right in a slow controlled way. Repeat this 10 times per session, six sessions a day.
Once again try and maintain a straight path.
Passive Exercise 3:
Click your tongue against the top of your mouth. If this can be done, proceed by opening and closing your jaw whilst holding your tongue against the roof of your mouth.
Another very important thing to keep in mind is your posture. Make sure you are sitting upright, with your shoulders back and your core firm.
Here’s what Laura said after trying the passive exercises
“Thank the sweet lord for your TMJ manual!
I’m unfortunately uninsured right now but still suffering madly.
The exercises helped relieve tension right away and over time
have helped my jaw function better.