Isometric Jaw strengthening exercises for Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome

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This video demonstrates how to perform isometric Jaw strengthening exercises for Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome.

The content in this video is provided for general information purposes only and is not meant to replace a physiotherapy or medical consultation.

Step by Step

  1. If you need to improve the strength of your jaw muscles due to TMJ syndrome then this is an excellent group of exercises
  2. Remember these exercises should be pain free during after and the next day.
  3. Each exercise should be held for 12 seconds and built up to 20 seconds with a pressure that is below your pain threshold, therefore it shouldn’t increase your pain at all. If it does then push with less pressure.
  4. Try to quantify the pressure that you apply. For example light, moderate then hard.
  5. You should aim to build up to 5 sets from 3 sets of this exercise with a rest of around 3 minutes between your sets
  6. You should aim to perform all of these exercises 3 times per week
  7. It is also important to perform all exercises in a good posture at all times.
  8. Resisted Closing
  9. With good posture, slightly open your mouth and press onto your chin with your hand as if you are trying to open your mouth but resist against this, so simply maintain your position against the resistance.
  10. Resisted Opening
  11. With good posture, slightly open your mouth and pull under your chin with your hand as if you are trying to close your mouth but resist against this, so simply maintain your position against the resistance.
  12. Resisted side glides
  13. With good posture, slightly open your mouth and push onto the side of your chin with your hand as if you are trying to push your jaw sideways but resist against this, so simply maintain your position against the resistance and repeat this both ways.
  14. Strength takes time to establish so be patient as it could takes several weeks to achieve improvements.

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