A Massive Thank You
I wanted to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your patience and support as I complete my final year of studies. We have transitioned beautifully into our new home and I continue to be truly humbled by your ongoing support. As expected, Claire has been warmly embraced and proving very popular. I am delighted to have such a talented therapist on board and as a result of her demand we will be extending her hours in April to include Wednesdays.
I started doing these as a way of giving back and sharing with you answers to some of the most asked questions I hear, as well as letting you in on what I have found to be the most effective stretches and tools for looking for after your body in my years of practice and learning. These have proved super popular, getting hundreds of views, so if you are not already on board, like us on Facebook and start learning.
This Month's Topic
Many of you may be surprised to hear that we do a lot of work treating the muscles on the outside and inside of the mouth. This is because jaw pain and tightness is a considerable problem for many of our clients. We typically see it in the form of localised pain from grinding and clenching teeth, stubborn tension headaches that just won’t shift and snoring...yes, snoring. Read on to find out more about the jaw.
The Vital Bits
I’m not going to bore you with all the anatomy of the face and jaw, but here are some key structures that are useful to know:
Caring for Jaw Pain
There are many things we can do to alleviate your jaw tension and after consultation with us you will be given specific home care for your needs. In the interim, here are a couple of exercises we have found particularly useful in our practice.
Retrain Jaw Movements
Place a tooth pick in the gaps of your middle top and bottom teeth (don’t force it if you don’t naturally have gaps there). Using a mirror, open and close your mouth while keeping the toothpicks in line with each other. This helps to retrain jaw muscles and correct deviations.
Jaw Self Massage
You have likely found yourself doing this automatically if you have tight jaw muscles. The added bonus is it’s often helpful in easing tension headaches.
Mandy Crawford, Doctor of Osteopathy