TMJ Exercises & Stretches to Relieve Jaw Pain – Ask Doctor Jo

TMJ Exercises & Stretches to Relieve Jaw Pain – Ask Doctor Jo

Hey everybody, it’s Doctor Jo. I got an email
from Barry and he was having some TMJ pain. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint which
is your jaw joint right there. And I’m gonna show you today just some simple stretches
and strengthening exercises to get that TMJ feeling better. So we’re just gonna start
off, you want to start off gently with these exercises, you don’t want to push very hard
because this joint is small and it can get irritated very quickly. The first one you
wanna do is you’re gonna use the palm of your hand so you’re not pushing with your fingers,
but you’re using just your palm. You’re gonna put your palm on one side, doesn’t matter because
we’re gonna do both. And you gonna keep your mouth and teeth aligned. So the jaw stays
in one spot, your teeth stay aligned so they’re not going back and forth like that. You’re
gonna keep it nice and still and you’re gonna push your palm in that way. And just hold
it in place. A nice little 5 second push. Good. See how my jaw’s not actually moving
but I’m just putting gentle pressure on one side. Then after your do that maybe 3-5 times,
5 seconds a piece, then you’re gonna switch and do the same thing on the other side. So
make sure you don’t just do one side and not the other side cause you wanna keep it even.
The next one really simply, you’re gonna open your mouth just a little bit and put your
fingers inside but make sure you don’t bite your fingers. You’re not biting, your keeping
again your jaw still and pushing pressure down this time. So you’re gonna put your fingers
in your mouth on your bottom teeth, and just push down. See again my jaw’s not moving.
I’m not stretching it open, I’m keeping it in one spot. Again just start off with about
5 seconds of gentle pushing and do that about 5 times. The last one is to stretch out the
join back here. You’re going to put your palm on your chin and just push straight back.
Again you wanna make sure that your teeth are in alignment. If your teeth are over here
or over here and your moving it, you’re going to irritate that joint. So just palm on the
chin. And relax your jaw. And push straight back. So those are the exercises to strengthen
and stretch out your TMJ joint if you’re having some pain in your jaw. Just start off with
about 5 seconds and then build your way up, but make sure your not pushing too hard. These
are gentle stretches for that small joint in your jaw. If you have any questions, please
leave them in the comments section. And if you’d like to check out some more videos go
to Be safe. Have fun. And I hope you feel better soon!

100 Replies to “TMJ Exercises & Stretches to Relieve Jaw Pain – Ask Doctor Jo”

  1. Check out my NEW TMJ video with more exercises and stretches to relieve TMJ pain:

  2. Mine doesn't lock it just hurts and I can't find the joint inside my mouth because the bone is in the way . My bone around my back teeth just grinds and crack and nothing hurts really it's just annoying

  3. My jaw muscles got stretched really tight by doing face yoga exercise and from last week getting soreness and pain. Please suggest me something I'm really really worried which doctor should I go for a check up please help me I would be really greatful to u:)

  4. I got knee to the side of my jaw and after that i started having clicking sound and some times pops ot hurts sometimes but not all the time

  5. Thank you for making this video. I have TMJ and i had slacked on my exercises. i had gone to a therapist last year for this. I didnt have any pain until now, its not bad pain im not sure why its hurting now but im going to start theses exercises again. 🙂

  6. THESE ACTUALLY WORKED! My pains were annoying me again & these made it go away temporarily. Now that I'm done, though, it's somewhat come back.

  7. Wow! This worked so well. My jaw was killing me. To the point where I would open my mouth, and my jaw would go diagonally to the side:( I did this, and it fixed it within a month! Thanks DOC 😊😊😊

  8. Just got diagnosed with bad case of tmj I’m in excruciating pain and don’t know what to do it’s hitting up to my teeth and head and gums

  9. My dentist recommends that I need to go through third molar extraction or remove my wisdom tooth to fix my lock jaw is this true? I feel more confident that I just need to try out this natural remedies and self adjustment correction I know dentists are more knowledgeable but I just don't see the connection between lock jaw and wisdom tooth please help

  10. Can these exercises eventually correct TMJ, in regards to preventing jaw popping/locking and allow the mouth to open wider? How long does it typically take to see improvement/results? Anyway, thank you! I'm doing this every day.

  11. Doc, about 3 days ago, i was trying to do a dance that involved the neck movement. and suddenly i felt discomfort on my jaw. i thought it was only a strain, so i got the RICE method to make it feel better. but, my jaw is still swelling and it feels hurt when i chew. and also a bit hurt when i open my mouth. could it be dislocation doc? thank you

  12. The left side of my jaw don't open without clicking… m not in pain very often … but sometimes… while eating… i'm unable to push the food stuff inside my mouth… actually it locks sometimes

  13. 7 years ago when i had braces.. i started suffering from clicking jaw and one day … when i woke up.. it was locked and with in a couple of hours my face was paralysed.. but it came into previous normal position with an ayurvedic medicine… but now when i again had my braces treatment… it restared… but now i don't have that ayurvedic formula.. can somebody help me out ? ? PlzzZZzz

  14. It happens to me many times .when I yawn my mouth get locks and when I open my mouth forcefully it makes a sound and sometimes it hurts…. I tried your exercise nothing happened and now l am only 13…..I can not open my mouth fully
    I also took the medicines but it did not work…

  15. the fingers on the bottom exercise (in mouth) is it normal for the tmj to make those clicking noises or am i doing it wrong?

  16. Ive had TMJ for 5 years now and it sucks hopefully this will give some relief, ive it day and night and its super annoying

  17. please help me…Because the only thing I do is eat with the left side and massage it a bit. It helps a little bit, but can you make it dissapear with these exercises or you need a surgery to make it gone? I mean do these exercises should just reduce the pain or make the clicking gone? Please help, I have other problem. It IS clicking but WITHOUT PAIN. Is it normal? It's been since I started grinding my teeth (6 months.). How can I stop the clicking? Thank you for reading this long message and I hope that you will answer to me. Have a great day! 🙂

  18. If you are "relaxing" your jaw, but also pushing on it at the same time then how are you able to keep your teeth alined?

  19. I had been diagnosed with TMJ disorder and these exercises seem to help me. My otolaryngologist suggested me to wear a "night guard," would that help? Please help. Thanks in advance.

  20. Will this help get rid of cracking when chewing? A few days ago I just discovered this noise and me being obsessive about it, its rather annoying lol. I dont get headaches and its not painful so Im just curious of these will set things back. Thanks!

  21. can jaw pain/tension cause neck pain? whenever my jaw gets tense/tight/stiff my neck will start getting sore and cause a headache – i don't think it's a coincidence.

  22. I think I'm screwed. I can't close my mouth so that my grinder teeth can touch, it's real close but no touch. at that point my over bite teeth are already about half way down hight my lower teeth. it also feels like my mouth isn't wide enough for my tongue.

  23. Dear Doctor Jo, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! I was having such jaw pains that I was in tears every time I tried to open my mouth a bit wider. I feared jawning or even chewing. I have been doing your excercises for a week now, and I am so happy I could cry. i am almost pain free, such a relief…I am so grateful that you are making this content. Thank you again, you are a lifesaver in my case 🙂

  24. I clench and slightly grind my teeth during sleep. My question is.. is bruxism responsible for my daytime fatigue? I always wake up with unrefreshed sleep. Done a sleep study and found nothing wrong.

  25. How do you regain the range of motion from breaking your jaw? It's been 3 months since I've had it unwired and I haven't been able to open my jaw wide anymore. It's hard for the dentist to get in

  26. Thanks. Got instant relief,from these simple exercises. I got a diagnosis of TMJ over 40 years ago. When through a cure with a very bright and unconventional dentist is S.F. Ca Dr.Craig Foster.About five years later a bad baseball accident broke my jaw in 3 places, fractured, at impact lower jaw, and both hinges snapped,right below the ears. Wired shut for 6 weeks, it seemed to heal properly.This was 1985. Now, close to 30 years later it's flared up again, right side only,very stiff,painful ringing in the ear etc.? Any thoughts?

  27. Wow it feels like I had a lot of pressure in jaw and it was extremely painful after doing this it feels like a lot better. I’ve never seen a therapy or adjustment on you tube work this fast for me, Thank You!! Like seriously you’re awesome

  28. Whenever I open my mouth my jaw makes a clicking sound. I can’t even yawn without having to bear that sound. I keep opening and closing my mouth constantly otherwise I feel uncomfortable. It gets worse at night, even when I’m asleep I feel the pain in my jaw and I jus had to do that again, open and close my mouth. Please tel me what should I do

  29. I am in 22 my jaw is minimal displacement in close mouth position it is very pain full to open my month please say what can i do?

  30. I’m suffering in silence I was told this January I have this problem it’s too painful I don’t know what to do seriously

  31. Doctor Jo, i have tmj but just muscle strain….. on my right side….. what should be the exercise for relaxing muscles

  32. surprised at how quickly these worked! ive had painful tmj problems for a few years now, and my jaw is always popping and clicking out of place painfully. thank you so much!!

  33. every time i open my mouth the click sound popped from my left jaw i have tried many exercises but nothing happened…… so please give me some tips to cure this annoying thing……………

  34. Oh my god!!! Have been having pain for about 6 hours now but tried your exercises for about 5 repetitions each and it was like magic!!! Is that normal???

  35. Just found your channel and I love it! So informative, helpful and you have so much energy! Thanks for the isometrics!

  36. My jaw has been partialy locked and painful to move for 5 weeks docs cant do anything other than give painkillers so im hoping some exercises can unlock it and help me get back to normal 🙁

  37. oh my god i some sort of inflammatory disorder and its finally gotten to my jaw and i couldnt close my mouth properly because it hurt so bad and literally doing these helped so much (i was literally sitting there moaning because the stretch felt THAT good), i know this video is over a year old but thank you so much this helped so much

  38. My jaw right hand side hurts a lot like on the hinge as well as my ear and temple ache a lot it all happened after getting treatment for my tooth I had an injection as well as X ray Im wondering if one of them were the cause due to injection or radiation from x ray…. I wake up at night and it hurts a lot I keep walking up and down the hall 3am I take 2 pills of paracetamol and amoxicillin they help but for around 5-6 hours after that the pain comes and it hurts excruciatingly it hurts more than anything my jaw hinge the neck my ear and my temple all hurt badly on the right side yes I cant open my mouth too much and I really want the pain to go I dont care about the jaw opening or not as long as the pain goes I REALLY NEED HELP PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Thanks for the video! I chewed on a piece of very hard French bread, right side of my jaw hurting. I think I dislocated my jaw, will this exercise reposition my jaw? Or do I need to see a doctor? If so what kind of doctor I need to see? It has been over two weeks now. I can’t open my mouth wide.

  40. I have lost one tooth to this so far, and a root canal simply because I was tired and fell asleep without my guard. I get muscle spasms at the base of my neck that are like getting hit in the side of the head with a baseball bat. Its like a shock. I even feel it in my tongue. I'm on meds, but going to give this a try. Kinda fed up putting up with it

  41. I don't know if you'll see this but this video just came up. I went to a dentist to have a bridge removed on top front, 4 teeth in bridge and have it re cemented. After he re cemented it he held so much pressure on top jaw felt like my brain flew out. I started getting terrible jaw pain on both sides of bottom jaw. Also the bridge fell out after 10 hours.. he also had to pull very, very hard to get bridge out. It's been 9 days and my jaw still hurts terribly. What can I do as I cant live in this pain forever. Thanks

  42. Dr Jo Ive gone thru the process of a specialist and had an mri. It showed that i have mild arthritis on my right side. I mainly get more ear pain. Will these exercises help? Snd do we do tjis on a regularlar basis or only if i have pain?

  43. These exercises have helped me immensely, except I’m a little confused on the last one. Are you supposed to “unhinge” the jaw before you push it back, or no? And by unhinge, I mean open wide enough to where you can feel like it “unhinges” and THEN push back…

  44. My jaw just pops, I've googled a lot about it, and the only solution I can come up with is TMJ, so I'll have to try these to see what happens

  45. I met with an accident and my jaw got locked on the right side while as per the doctors advise tried to open the mouth gently and my left side of the jaw started deviating can you help with the solution

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