I want to share with you the most effective tip for relaxing and reducing TMJ pain and jaw pain. This tip consists of three simple steps, and I'll walk you through each one.
1. Face Posture
First and foremost, let's talk about face posture™. While it's important to maintain good body posture, the position of our face is just as crucial, especially since it's in a resting position for more than 23 hours a day. To ensure proper face posture, there are three key things to keep in mind: 1) time, 2) the space between your upper and lower teeth, and 3) the position of the corners of your mouth. First, let's talk about time. This refers to the amount of time your face is in a resting position. It's important to minimize the amount of time you spend with your face in a tense or strained position. Next, the space between your upper and lower teeth is also important. Make sure to keep a small gap between your teeth to avoid excess strain on your jaw muscles. Finally, the position of the corners of your mouth is crucial. Keep them slightly raised to avoid excess tension in your jaw and facial muscles. If you're unfamiliar with the term "mewing," I recommend checking out the Mewing101 video for more information.
2. How to release the tension
Release tension in the muscles of the face and jaw. It's important to address this tension as soon as you become aware of it because if left unchecked, it can last for a long time and cause discomfort. But how do you know if you have tension in the first place? One way is to pay attention to your facial muscles. If you notice lines or wrinkles in the muscles of your cheeks or inside your mouth, this could be a sign of tension. You might also become aware of tension during times of stress, such as when you're working on a computer for an extended period, attending a meeting, or working out. Now that we know how to identify tension, let's talk about how to release it. One of the easiest and most effective ways to do this is by exhaling slowly and deeply. As you exhale, you should be able to feel the tension in your facial muscles start to dissipate. This method has always worked well for me, and I hope it will work for you too!
3. Massaging masseter muscle
Massaging the masseter muscle, which is located in the jaw. While this can be a helpful temporary solution, it's important to also address the root cause of your tension by maintaining good face posture and learning to release tension as soon as you become aware of it. This will save you from having to rely on massages for the long term. To massage the masseter muscle, you can use your fingers or a massage tool. It's best to do this while you're in the shower or bath, as the warmth and moisture can help to relax the muscle. To massage the muscle, gently press into it with your fingers, looking for knots or tight areas. You may hear a sound as you work on the muscle, which is a good sign that you're breaking up knots and tension. Be careful not to press too hard, as this could cause pain.
Remember, it's important to focus on these three tips in order to find relief from TMJ pain and jaw pain. If you're interested in learning more exercises or becoming certified in face yoga, you can visit our website for more information. We appreciate your comments and feedback, and we hope to see you in our next video!