Nnnnnn for the jaw

About two months ago I talked about my TMJ disorder acting up. It first triggered when I had braces. Now it resurfaces when I am stressed.

It is still lingering. I figured when I was in Turks & Caicos for a stress-free week of relaxation it would go away. It did briefly.

On Tuesday in Vickie’s Hatha yoga class she mentioned her own TMJ disorder.

Her dentist told her if she said Nnnnnn and held her jaw in that position that that is the perfect placement for your mouth, jaw and tongue and will relieve discomfort or pain.

I, of course, had to do my own research. Both articles I link to mention Nnnnn for the jaw. Holding the jaw this way allows the teeth to come apart while relaxing the jaw muscles.

One of the first articles I came upon came from my alma mater, University of Arizona’s Campus Health, where my mom worked and retired from and where I worked as a student worker for about two years.

Diet, sleeping habits, oral habits, applying heat and ice, medication and exercises are all addressed.

Metro Dentalcare suggests tips for self-care for jaw pain.

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  • TMJ Disorder

    When I was in junior high and high school I had braces. Four long years …

    While wearing braces I developed TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Disorder.

    Occasionally in the past 20 or so years it flares up. I can yawn and my jaw will pop. Or trying to tackle too big of a burger can cause discomfort.

    There are jaw exercises I can do to ease the pain and discomfort.

    My TMJ can also flare up when I am stressed or emotional.

    It flared up again on Monday. It’s been an emotional and sad time lately.

    My jaw pain gets a little less painful each day. But it is still lingering.

    Wow, who knew there was a TMJ support group online? Many admit that stress can cause the TMJ symptoms to be triggered.

    The resistance training jaw exercise eases a lot of my pain and discomfort. That’s the one I normally work on with my jaw. I am also occasionally taking Aleve.

    I wondered if my TMJ is a cause of the jaw/tooth pressure I get sometimes when I am flying.

    Dear Doctor doesn’t mention a connection between the two.

    But I found another article that … Continue reading