Is Your Tight Jaw Affecting Your Movement?

Easy jaw massage for better movement.

Jaw Dysfunction (TMJ) is common, so common that 7 out of 10 clients and patients who attend my clinic present a tight jaw.

The good news is that a simple TMJ release (a technique for relaxing your jaw and neck muscles) can make all the difference to the way you feel and move, and even better news, I can teach you how to maintain the release yourself.

After all, you don’t want to be shelling out lots of money for repeat treatments when it’s something that you can stay on top of yourself.

I’m not going to bombard you  at this point, (there’s a link further down if you would like to learn more. )but for now we can take a quick look at the image below.

 

 

The Masseter muscle – is the strongest muscle in your body, (other mammals too.) If you’ve ever seen a Staffordshire Terrier clamp on to his toy you will know what I mean.

When this muscle becomes dominant then it affects the rest of your muscles and nerves. This is know as a compensatory musculoskeletal pattern.

When your Jaw muscles are tight other parts of your body start to do different things. For example.

  • your abs stop working.
  • your glutes take a vacation.
  • your pelvic floor, which is carrying a fairly heavy load above it can’t hold the fort.

Lot’s of other things happen too like poor breathing patterns, tight shoulders, tight hamstrings and calves, all trying to find a way to stabilise your body.

It’s brilliant actually but not necessarily useful. So, if you think you have a tight jaw here’s a couple of tips.

-Give  your jaw and underneath your cheeks a daily massage, then sing or exaggerate your vowel sounds.

-Activate your diaphragm and do breathing exercises or  sing a song because singing helps you work your diaphragm.

-Blow through your lips making a vibration sound.  (Yes, really! The vibration release muscles in your face, jaw and throat and just makes you feel good.

For more about TMJ:

https://drdooleynoted.com/2015/08/25/anatomy-angel-why-you-use-jaw-for-motor-control/

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