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Use Exercise to Cure TMJ

A TMJ Cure?

Are you suffering from TMJ pain? You're not alone. More than 10 million Americans have experienced pain in the temporomandibular joint at one point in their lives. According to Andrew Kaplan, DMD, an associate clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, who wrote The TMJ Book, TMJ pain can come as a result of stress-induced grinding and clamping of the teeth, especially while sleeping. These movements can irritate the muscles of the jaw and result in headaches, soreness on the face, and sometimes a clicking noise when you open or close your mouth.

If you're wary about pill popping and surgery is not an option for you, take heart; you can find a TMJ cure for your condition.

One of popular TMJ cure is a set of jaw-relaxation exercises that can help strengthen and relax your jaw muscles, eliminate the strain on the joints and other surrounding areas, and even relieve your TMJ pain.

These TMJ exercises are to be performed twice a day over five minutes. It is best to do these when you wake up in the morning and before you go off to bed at night. You will find this type of TMJ cure will work much better than any pill. Remember to consult with your TMJ specialist before doing any of these exercises.

  • Jaw muscle stretch exercise - Open your mouth and place the palm of your hand on the right side of your jaw while sliding the lower jaw toward your hand. Push against the jaw and hold for five seconds. This creates a resistance to the sideways movement. Repeat this with your left palm against your left jaw, doing this five times on each side.
  • Neck stretches - Turn your head to the right to rotate your neck, then place two left-hand fingers on the lower left jaw. Push a little to stretch your neck muscles, holding this for five seconds. Rotate your neck to the left, this time pushing with two right-hand fingers on your right lower jaw. Again, hold this for five seconds.
  • Mouth muscle massage - Do this by placing three fingers of each hand on the temples. Massage the temporalis muscles gently for ten seconds. Try not to exert too much pressure. Do this two or three times. You can apply the same massage to the jaw, with your hands below the ears, massaging the masseter muscles.
br /> These are just some of the exercises that you can do for a TMJ cure. However, these exercises will work more efficiently if you pay a little more attention to some of your habits. For example:
  • Try to avoid munching on hard, crunchy, or chewy food. This requires a side-to-side jaw motion.
  • Try not to chew gum. The chewing action can strain the jaw muscles.
  • Don't open your mouth wide when you yawn.
  • Do not cradle the telephone between your ear and shoulder.

A more wholistic approach to your condition is the best TMJ cure. By being mindful of your daily habits, managing stress, eating right and exercising, you will soon be on your way to recovery.

For more detailed information on TMJ, pick up the new book, ”Secrets To Taming TMJ Pain” for the Nook book at Barns and Noble.

You can also buy the PDF file from Paypal for $6.99.

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