TMJ and Face Pain Self Care
TMJ problems causing jaw and face pain affect many people. This is a little list of self-care treatments to do at home. Please check with your doctor, dentist or health care specialist before doing the treatments, this is not intended to be a substitute for medical diagnosis and treatment, not is it appropriate for all jaw and face pain conditions.
WASH HANDS AND WEAR RUBBER GLOVES WHEN DOING THIS TECHNIQUE ON SOMEONE ELSE!!
- Person is lying supine (soup-pine=face up, "soup is on the belly").
- If doing this on yourself, sit in front of the mirror and use the video to help guide you. TMJ & Face Pain Self Care video
1. With fingers or thumbs inside mouth, spread the upper molars apart. Hold for 3 deep inhalations and exhalations.
2. With fingers or thumbs inside mouth, spread the lower molars. Hold for 3 deep inhalations and exhalations.
3. With fingers or thumbs inside mouth, pull the lower molars toward the feet (straight down).
4. Wipe the small muscles at the upper corner of the upper molars, sweeping from the upper part near the bone, downward along the muscle.
5. Wipe the small muscles at the back of the curve between the upper and lower teeth.
6. Rub/massage the jaw closing muscles in the cheeks.
7. Rub along the jawbone with the fingertips.
8. Pinch the neck muscle along the front-sides of the neck from behind the ear downward to the center of the collarbone.
9. Massage the back of the neck muscles from the base of the skull downward to the shoulders.
10. Massage the scalp muscles, clench the jaw to find the temporalis muscle (chewing muscle), then massage over the relaxed temporalis muscle.
· Other techniques: trigger point therapy, waggle, stretching, hot & cold compress.