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9 Easy to do Exercises for Jaw Pain

9 Easy to do Exercises for Jaw Pain

by Southside Dental - Toowoomba 13/02/2019

Relaxed jaw exercise

Rest your tongue behind your upper front teeth. Relax your jaw muscles and allow your teeth to come apart and then back together.

Goldfish exercises

Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth and one finger in front of your ear where your TMJ is located. Put your middle or pointer finger from your other hand on your chin. Drop your lower jaw half way and then close. These are called partial opening exercises. 6 repetitions of these are 1 set, try and aim for 6 sets a day.

Try doing another 6 sets of these, but this time lower your jaw all the way down. These are called full opening exercises.

Chin Tucks

Keep your shoulders back and chest up. Pull your chin straight back in, creating a ‘double chin.’ Hold for three seconds and repeat 10 times.

Resisted opening of the mouth

Place your thumb under your chin. Open your mouth slowly, whilst using your thumb to push gently against your chin, creating resistance. Hold for 5 seconds then close your mouth slowly.

Resisted closing of the mouth

Using one hand squeeze your chin with your index finger and thumb. Close your mouth by applying gentle pressure on your chin.

Tongue up

Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth, slowly open and close your mouth

Side to side jaw movement

Put a half a centimetre object, such as stacked paddle pop sticks between your front teeth. Slowly move your jaw from side to side.

Forward jaw movement

Put a half a centimetre object such as stacked paddle pop sticks between your front teeth. Move your bottom jaw forward while keeping your top jaw still, so that your bottom teeth are in front of your top teeth.