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Exercises for TM disorders

To help prevent or treat a temporomandibular disorder, try this gentle exercise to restore normal range of motion, improve flexibility, and strengthen the jaw muscles:

  • While watching yourself in a mirror, gently open and close your mouth, dropping your jaw straight up and down.
  • Repeat for a few minutes each morning and night.
  • Look for small improvements in the jaw's range of motion as you practice this exercise from day to day.
  • Your health professional, dentist, or physical therapist can recommend additional exercises.
Note:

Do not do this exercise when your pain is severe or if it makes your pain worse.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry
Last Revised January 13, 2010

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Last Updated: January 13, 2010
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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