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GENERAL INFORMATION ON
 
HEAD AND JAW STRENGTHENING

(TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT STRENGTHENING/TMJ STRENGTHENING)

Note: Please consult with your Osteopath prior to commencing these exercises



BASIC


Jaw Opening Control and Alignment (TMJ Control)
Stand in front of a mirror. Gently open and close your mouth practicing keeping your chin in a straight line without deviation. Perform 3 sets of 10, three times a day.




Note: Drawing a line down the center of your chin will assist with observing alignment

INTERMEDIATE


Jaw Deviation Resisted Strengthening (TMJ Deviation Resisted)
Gently open your mouth and move the lower jaw to one side, place your hand on the lower part of your jaw and gently push your jaw back towards your fingers, hold for 3 seconds then relax. Repeat to the other side. Perform 3 sets of 10, three times a day.


Jaw Opening Resisted
Strengthening (TMJ Depression Resisted)
Place your fingers under your chin and gently resist your mouth opening, hold for 3 seconds, then rest. Perform 3 sets of 10, three times a day.

Jaw Opening Resisted Strengthening (TMJ Depression Resisted)
Open your mouth and place your fingers on your chin. Gently resist your mouth closing, hold for 3 seconds, then rest. Perform 3 sets of 10, three times a day.

Jaw Retraction Resisted
Strengthening (TMJ Retraction Resisted)
Place your thumb under your chin and gently resist bringing your jaw backwards towards your throat, hold for 3 seconds and then relax. Perform 3 sets of 10, three times a day.

Jaw Protrusion Resisted Strengthening (TMJ Protrusion Resisted)
Place your fingers over your chin. Gently resist pushing your jaw forwards (creating an under-bite with your teeth), hold for 3 seconds, then relax. Perform 3 sets of 10, three times a day.



ADVANCED