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Stretches for TMJ (Jaw) Pain

Pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ, also known as the jaw) is a common complaint we get at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute. Common symptoms of temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) include pain with biting, chewing, and opening, difficulty opening, and headaches. TMD symptoms typically respond well to relaxation techniques, such as diaphragmatic breathing, light mobility, and stretching.

Listed below are links to a couple stretches that are easy to implement if you are having symptoms of TMD! As with any new exercise, start off slow and gentle and stay in a comfortable range of motion.  For more specifics on how many repetitions to perform and how long to hold, contact Omaha Physical Therapy Institute to schedule an assessment!  Every individual is different so the dosage of each of these exercises is dependent upon the individual’s needs.


Masseter Self Release


Cervical Extension Stretch with towel support


Cervical Retraction


Doorway Pectoral Stretch


Please feel free to reach out to us at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute if you are suffering from TMD symptoms!

Ashlie Eckmann, PT, DPT


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