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Jaw Exercises

Moving the jaw in this way will promote circulation and regulation of the synovial fluid, which helps lubricate and nourish the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This exercise will also strengthen the jaw muscles equally, and relax the muscles surrounding the TMJ.  All of this can help in reducing strain on the jaw, head, neck and face.

  1. Open the mouth and perform the following movements 10 times in each direction:
    1. Imagine you are drawing a vertical circle with the front of your chin
    2. Now imagine you are drawing a horizontal circle with the bottom of your chin.
    3. Side to side.
    4. Forwards and backwards.
    5. Up and down
  2. Repeat movements c, d and e in step one, except this time you can apply resistance with the hand to the opposing side. For example, when closing the mouth put your hand on top of your chin and resist it coming up. Please remember to start off easy and resist lightly when first practicing these exercises since your jaw is not used to having such a work out!
  3. Now puff your cheeks as much as you can, for 10 seconds.
  4. Keeping the cheeks puffed move the air from side to side in the mouth, 20 times.
  5. Now move the air from your upper to lower lip, 20 times.
  6. Puff your cheeks out as much as you can, 20 times, while raking your cheeks with your finger tips. If you find it makes a humorous noise as you push some air out, keep trying to fill your cheeks with air.
  7. Alternately suck your cheeks in then puff them out, 20 time