Jaw Strengthening Exercises
Moving in 3 different directions, the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, connects the jaw joint (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull. Because of the frequency in which the jaw is used and the complexity of the joint, it is quite frustrating when the jaw muscles begin to spasm and become stiff. In individuals with TMJ syndrome, it's believed that the muscles becomes overworked and weaken as a result.
An exciting and promising Jaw Strengthening Exercises, Neuromuscular Dentistry involves a consideration of an individual's posture as it relates to the head and neck muscles. It also considers the person's bite. Jaw movements and muscle activity are assessed to determine the "rest position" of a patient's jaw. Sonography, electrodes, jaw tracking devices, and TENS units are often used to analyze the dynamic between the jaw joint and muscles while they are moving. A unique combination of orthodontics and dental bonding helps bring harmony to a patient's bite, which strengthens the jaw muscles, helping them maintain a healthy, pain-free bite.
While the focus of Neuromuscular Dentistry and Orthodontics is functional in nature, there is an aesthetic appeal that must be noted. This is because the bite is a critical foundation for the teeth, head, and neck. Thus, when a healthy bite is achieved through Neuromuscular Dentistry, it's fair to say that this is a suitable saggy neck treatment. As the chin moves forward during treatment, the skin along the jawline and neck are slowly stretched and filled, creating a smoother appearance. Naturally, smoother skin resembles youthfulness.
With the philosophy of Neuromuscular Dentistry, we have TMJ specialists who are well acquainted with the dynamics of the jaw. By creating the best path of movement for your jaw, we can bring a revolutionary weak jaw treatment—one that will enhance the structure of your face and neck as well. For passionate and patient-centered dentistry, call The Central Park South TMJ Center.
TMJ Exercises To Strengthen Your Jaw
For those suffering from TMJ symptoms, you're well aware of the strain that it places on muscles in the face, neck, and shoulders. Thus, exercises aimed at strengthening the jaw muscles prove invaluable as patients reestablish healthy posture. Consider the following:
- Sit on a chair with knees bent at ninety degrees. Place a small pillow between the knees. With hands clasped behind your back, sit up straight. Squeeze the pillow between the knees and release. Repeat this up to 60 times.
- While on all fours, place a small pillow between the ankles. Begin with your shoulders directly over the wrists. Walk your hands up a few inches. Allow your head to fall, as your shoulder blades collapse together. Relax your stomach. While in this position, squeeze and release the pillow between the ankles up to 60 times.
- Stand against a wall with your feet hip width apart. Place a towel roll behind your neck and your low back. Hands may fall by your sides, or against the wall for a greater challenge.
These exercises help reestablish the position of the shoulders, head, and neck, while releasing muscle tension associated with TMJ. For exercises geared towards strengthening the jaw joint, use the palm of your hand to slowly push on one side of your jaw. At the same time, push back with your jaw. You may also push down on your bottom teeth with your fingers while pushing up with your jaw.
The Central Park South TMJ Center has drastically improved the lives of many patients. Are you ready to start living a pain-free life? Contact us today to schedule your consultation with one of our specialists.