Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) is a condition that affects the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. One possible treatment for TMD is strengthening the muscles involved in chewing, including the masseter, pterygoids, and temporalis.
These muscles play a crucial role in the opening and closing of the jaw, as well as other movements such as side-to-side and front-to-back. When these muscles are weak or imbalanced, it can lead to strain and discomfort in the jaw joint and surrounding tissues.
Strengthening exercises can help to improve muscle function, reduce tension and alleviate symptoms associated with TMD. These exercises may include resistance training, stretching, and other forms of physical therapy.
At Physica we may use a device called a myo-Munchee to improve the strength of these muscles. A daily routine, involving maybe 10mins a day can significantly improve strength, reduce tension, relieve pain and ultimately improve function of the jaw complex.
It’s important to note that strengthening exercises should only be done under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional, as improper technique or overexertion can potentially worsen symptoms of TMD.
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