Scrambled TMJ

Temporamandibular joint syndrome may be attributable to any number of things, including trauma to the teeth or jaw, arthritis, teeth grinding, stress/anxiety, POOR POSTURE, etc., any one or all of which may eventually give way to pain in the jaw, headaches, a clicking or locking when opening or closing the mouth, shoulder pain, and a number of other unfavorable symptoms. That said, in most cases, a home treatment regimen is often an effective course, so let’s look at the corrective posture techniques piece of your home remedy and address a few of the trigger points and shortened muscles that may be referring pain into your jaw. Addressing this chronic overactivity that has left you hunched over and has caused your head to migrate further and further forward over time may very well resolve all of the above-mentioned woes and infinitely more…
and even if your TMJ wasn’t initially attributable to your poor posture, no matter the way of its genesis, be it a consequence of an acute trauma or a misery you have somehow created over a period of time, you can certainly avoid exacerbating it and even begin to resolve the issue altogether with some gentle self-myofascial release and static stretching techniques to improve your posture and return your head and neck to their intended positions atop your shoulders. If you spend the majority of your time in front of a computer or in a car, GET UP OFTEN and realign. Stretch your hip flexors. Stretch your neck and chest. You think this looks peculiar in front of your coworkers? Have you seen how weird you look with your sh@#ty posture? At least the former variety of weirdness will help you to feel and look infinitely better, so give these techniques a go along with the ones on the upper-crossed syndrome video on my posture disasters page, and pave your way back to a more comfortable set of circumstances. Be consistent. Remember.. it took you a lifetime to perfect your posture disasters, so, while it won’t take as long to reverse the damage and refine the way you move, you do have to be diligent and patient. Things will get better.

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