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Saturday

TMJ Pain And Exercises

NOTE: This blog is for my own healing, if you read and try something I do... you will be trying it at your own risk.  I do some pretty crazy things to heal, some work, some don't.  So please, check with your doctor before you do anything I do.

I have slight TMJ, sometimes it is more than slight and my jaw clicks and pops.  I was just told by my chiropractor that it could be the cause of my headaches.  Come to find out....TMJ can cause all kinds of things.

Facial pain
Headaches
Migraines
Toothache
Neck Pain
Ear Problems
Eye Problems
........Geeze......If it's not one thing, it's another.

Here are a couple of exercises my Chiropractor gave me to help relieve TMJ Pain. 
You may want to put warm compresses on your jaws before starting the exercises, This will help your jaw relax.
TMJ Exercise
1. Sit in a chair with a back and sit against the back.  Try to sit comfortably
2. Place the web of your thumb and forefinger against the front of your jaw (the middle of your chin)
3. Now use your chin and press your head backwards with the web between your thumb and forefinger
4. Do not let your head to flex but allow your mouth to open just slightly

If you do this right, you will feel your lower teeth moving backwards, your head will also move back slightly.
5. Relax and let your head move back forward. 
6. Repeat 5 times

This should not be painful but you might feel your jaw stretching slightly.


TMJ Exercise
1. Sit in a chair with a back and sit against the back. Try to sit comfortably

2. Place the web of your thumb and forefinger against the front of your jaw (the middle of your chin)
3. Now use your chin and press your head forward, pressing your chin into the web between your thumb and forefinger.  You will be pushing backward with your hand and forward with your Jaw....not your head just your lower jaw.
4. Do not open your mouth any but try to have your teeth slightly apart.
5. Relax your hand and push your lower jaw gently forward
6. Hold for a couple of seconds
7. Repeat by pushing your jaw backwards with your hand (be gentle)

Okay, this last exercise is one that really helps with my headaches but I might have a hard time explaining it.  Make sure your hands are clean because you will have to put your index finger in your mouth to do a massage

TMJ Massage
1.Right above your teeth on the inside of your mouth, find the fleshy part.
2. Put your right index finger in your mouth on top of your gums at the front of your mouth
3. Push your finger up as far as it will go and then move it backward towards your ear pressing and massaging until you find the spot that is tender.  If you have TMJ you will find it easily.
4.  Massage for a few seconds and repeat .  Do both sides of the jaw.
My spot is as far back as my finger will go.   When I massage this spot, my headache seems to lessen quite a lot.

52 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday. I was diagnosed with TMJ in February after months of left ear pain and jaw numbness. I have to wear a splint now, and sometimes use moist heat. Luckily, I have relief from the splint. I massage my jaws at times, but thanks for the post on exercises.

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  2. Hi Terry, you had asked me to visit your blog, sure glad I did. I've known about Candida for years. I don't think I have it, but I think everyone suffers from some of the same things a person with Candida does. TMJ for instance. Not everyone with TMJ has Candida. But this post is awesome for anyone who suffers with it. My greatest challenge right now is fatigue. I will be turning 60 this month and I've always had the energy of a 25 year old. I tried to burn the candle at both ends this past year and it caught up with me. I was afraid my PCP was going to diagnose me with Fibromyalgia, a dreaded word to me. She didn't. She didn't know what it was except exhaustion.

    I want to follow your blog because I know there will be many things I can use and perhaps contribute. Not to mention some info I might be able to give to others. Thanks so much for following my blog and God bless you in your quest to conquer this pervasive intruder. Bobbi

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  3. Terry:
    I'm so glad you "found" me! And even happier that I found you! I look forward to learning a lot here. Have a good week!
    Mary

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  4. Thanks, Terry, for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. I hope that my faith in God is a blessing to you and that I can encourage you in some way.

    I am so sorry to hear of your health problems and wish you great success with the treatments you are using.

    God bless you richly,
    Dianne

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  5. I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come on over to my blog and check it out. God's blessings. Lloyd

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  6. Thanks for visiting my blog. I think yours is going to help people alot. First, educate those of us who have heard of Candida but don't know what it is, and most importantly, help those that have it! Keep on bloggin'....

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  7. Thank you for visiting my blog. I pray for your complete healing.

    Blessings,
    Linda J

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  8. Thanks for coming by my blog and following it too. Your blog has alot of good info. I have Lyme Disease and was on antibiotics for 3 yrs so needless to say I have yeast problems I am now dealing with and treating with herbs and NAET. I am sure info here will be helpful, so I have added you to my favorites...

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  9. Hi Terry, so glad you came by and said hello and hope you'll be back soon. I don't have TMJ, but I'm sure it is a struggle and your post will be of help to many people, I'm sure.

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  10. I'm glad that I stopped by for a visit...I honestly have not heard of Candida...I am going to read some more posts that you have written...and the TMJ exercises are great for those I know that I have it. Thank you for stopping by; I look forward to many more visits...Grace and peace to you from our Father God! Teresa

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  11. Terry:
    Thanks for visiting my page. It brought me over here and I see a blog just loaded with information. Wow, it's impressive, and I am sure it's also very helpful to many. I'll be back to visit.
    Sonja

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  12. Thank you for stopping by and following.

    Sorry to hear about your health issues, but your post was very educational.I heard about Candida , but I never met anybody who suffers from it.

    Looking forward getting to know you.

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  13. hi terry - followed you back here from "when weeds whisper"... pleasedtameetcha as they say where i come from! :)

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  14. Hi Terry, I do not have Candida, but I know folks who have treated it successfully with natural means. However, your blog is loaded with excellent information for anyone desiring good health through proper diet and herbs.

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  15. Thanks for this wonderful post! I suffer from TMJ, and have been in terrible pain lately.
    I am definitely going to be trying out these exercises.
    I am your newest follower.
    I look forward to reading more of your blog.
    Have a terrific Tuesday!
    ~Shanna
    http://mommyofoneandcounting.blogspot.com

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  16. Thanks so much for stopping by The House on the Corner!! I am following you back!

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  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog, following you as well. Best wishes!

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  18. I read through this post and these are GREAT exorcises that do work well. I've had TMJ since I was a child and these exorcizes are highly recommended as they strengthen and lessen pain and tension. Thank you for stopping by my blog this week. I'm trying to fix the followers button issue. I will be looking forward to following your posts!

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  21. HI thanks for following. I am returning the follow!

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  22. Thanks for following! I'm following back now.

    Going to try these excercises, as I have tmj as well.

    Have a great night :)

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  23. Thanks for following! I am now a follower of yours. I have had TMJ for about 20 years, it is not fun, and the exercises do work. Ibuprofen doesn't hurt either.....;D

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  24. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following. I am now following back :)
    @Paisley Passions
    @Laughter & Memories

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  25. Thanks for stopping by, I'm following you now!
    Songberries

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  26. Following you back! Thanks so much! :)

    http://tweepoppets.blogspot.com

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  27. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for the nice comment you left regarding my photo shoot with the skirt I made.

    http://sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com/2010/08/photo-shoot-of-retro-skirt.html

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  28. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I now am following you. =) Have a nice day!
    Kelley
    http://labellabasketswithkelle.blogspot.com/
    http://inkelleyskitchen.blogspot.com/

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  29. Hope we can become friends. At this time my computer died and we have to get another one. So in the mean time I have to go on when I have time to get to the library. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I love natural things too.

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  30. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I followed back. Have a great day!

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  31. Following you back. This is a very interesting post. My grandmother had TMJ. I look forward to reading more. :)
    ~Jen
    http://www.sweeptight.com

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  32. following you back from Friday follow over 40, thanks for stopping by..I have TMJ, after a car wreck I was in it left my jaw misaliened and I suffer terrible headaches from it...I can never chew gum..I am going to try these exercises maybe it will help me!! thanks

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  33. I am following back and I am so happy I hopped over here. I have severe TMJ and it has been a frustrating journey. I will stop back again and go through everything here; just wanted to thank you for following!
    doreenmcgettigan.blogspot.com/they say everyone has a story..

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  34. Thanks for your reply on my blog. I will follow you and keep up with your progress.

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  35. Thanks for visiting my blog, I'm returning the follow. Thanks for the TMJ tips.

    Haupi

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  36. Do have TMJ but with no pain...I tried your exercise and it does work. Thanks for stopping by. It says I am a follower
    kim

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  37. Hi. Thanks for following me. I'm following you now too. I grind my teeth at night, so my jaw hurts a lot throughout the day.

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  38. Good afternoon, Terry. I'm glad to have you join me at Weezer's Haven. I"ll be joining you now as a follower. I"m so interested in this road your travelling with Candida.
    Weezer
    http://weezershaven.blogspot.com

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  39. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my blog for Friday Follow! I'm returning the "follow" luv! I will pass these tips and exercises along to my mom, who also suffers with TMJ. Thanks!

    Tree @ Mother of Pearl It Is

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  40. Thanks for visiting imagine~! following you back!

    xo - jami
    i m a g i n e

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  41. Following you back - have a great weekend!

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  42. Thanks for the follow, right back at ya!
    And I suffer TMJ as well. Take a needle and poke me dead center in the ear at times. Ouchie!

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  43. Thanks for the follow. I'm now following you back from Diary of a Chic Mommy. Enjoy your weekend!!
    http://www.diaryofachicmommy.com

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  44. Thanks for following! I am now following you back :)

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  45. :( My brother has problems with TMJ! I've never seen it posted about so well before! Thanks! I'll pass it on to him ♥

    Great blog! Check me out @ http://donandamanda.blogspot.com I live in Europe with two adopted Great Danes & I post a lot about my many travels! My latest was London!

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  46. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I am now following your blog!

    Hugs~
    Crazy Cat Lady
    ccllibrary@aol.com
    http://crzycatladyslibrary.blogspot.com/

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  47. Thanks for stopping by today. I also have problems with TMJ, I can't wait to try these exercises out.
    Lolo
    www.crazyaboutmybaybah.com

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  48. Hi there, thanks for following me for Follow Friday! I have TMJ since I had my braces removed when I was 13 (I'm not going on 43). I have seen the experts, but still have the problem. I ignore it now. Glad to hear your Candida problem is resolved. I don't blog regularly, but my blog is not dead. Best, Lisa

    Therapy - my blog

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  49. Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog via Keepin' Company Thursdays. I am now a follower of yours. I had never heard of Candida before now. I have TMJ and it's very painful at times. Once a year my jaw locks up for about a week and it's enough to make me miserable. I also have a hard time talking and eating. Thanks for the tips on how to alleviate the tension. I'll keep them in mind for next time.

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  50. So glad I just found you through the friday blog hop! I have had relaly bad tmj/lock jaw problems since getting my wisdom teeth removed 3 months ago, I can barely eat a hot dog or hamburger and have to cut my own food up the same size I cut it up for my little kids to be able to eat it! I'll be trying these!

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  51. Wow Candace
    Your TMJ sounds really bad. I just have it slightly and I know how it can hurt sometimes.

    I hope these work for you...

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