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Stand Up Straight and Ease Jaw Pain

Posted by William on September 29, 2011

Researchers in Texas asked 30 people with the disorder to do posture training exercises along with traditional pain management techniques and the results were positive. More than half of the study participants experienced a 40% reduction in TMD symptoms and a 38% reduction in neck pain.

Study authors theorize the posture training exercises may work by stretching and strengthening back, shoulder and neck muscles. Poor posture can shorten and weaken those muscles, putting stress on the jaw.

The exercises are simple and include chin tucks, wall stretches and chest stretches. Consult with a physician or physical therapist for the proper way to do these exercises.

If you have pain in your jaw, ear or around your temples, check with your dentist to determine if you have temporomandibular disorder.

For full details on this study, check out the February, 2000 edition of the Journal of the American Dental Association.

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