Is your jaw doing all the work?
The Remarkable Benefits of having a TMJ Release.
If you have ever struggled with a tight jaw you may also experience headaches, teeth grinding, balance issues, or feeling like your posture is constantly under pressure, well this blog will shed some light on why.
Because of the location of the jaw and its relationship to the part of the brain (cerebellum) that coordinates & controls walking, posture, muscle tone, movement regulation and balance control, when the cerebellum needs more motor control, it goes looking for it and it will recruit the jaw muscles. These are what we call compensatory patterns.
Things that fire together wire together.
Tight jaw muscles will contribute to headaches, glute -amnesia, balance, coordination issues and more…
When compensation patterns are used long enough, they start to break down and the cerebellum will continue to draw upon other structures for power. When it does this, the large skeletal muscles like your gluts (butt muscles) will be low on the priority list and the upper back neck, muscle become tight to help with stability. Eye movements and facial expressions can become compensations too, and that’s not all, your jaw also has a direct impact on your balance, strength, power and mobility.
You may be surprised to see the jaw and glutes mentioned together? Well, here’s the connection: a tight TMJ is linked to your stress response and that has a built in priority system which can reroute neuromuscular communication within your body. This phenomenon occurs when your brain has used your jaw as a short-cut to get things done. By releasing tension in your TMJ, you can quickly restore the communication pathways and the major muscle groups can then be trained more effectively.
Enhancing Motor Control:
Your jaw is not just a chewing machine; it’s a vital component of your overall motor control. A tight jaw can negatively impact upon your coordination, and movement patternsReleasing the jaw muscles can improve spinal stability and energy.
Now that you’re aware of the remarkable benefits of TMJ release, it’s time to take action! Don’t let headaches, balance issues, glute amnesia, motor control challenges, or poor posture hold you back any longer. If you are interested in learning more, you can book into a clinic appointment and I will teach you how its done.