I’m going to teach you what you can do for a tight jaw or temporomandibular joint pain also called TMJ pain. A tight jaw can cause not just jaw pain and your bite being off but can also lead to headaches, especially headaches you might wake up with in the morning. If you’ve been told you clench your teeth or grind your teeth this is what you can do.
Use Magnesium to Avoid Jaw Pain
As a first step, you can take magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral; it’s not expensive. You want to make sure you get an absorbable form. Many patients say they get it with their calcium, but that’s usually only 60 milligrams. I suggest you take 200 – 800 milligrams of magnesium. And you’ll know you’ll have the right amount because if you’re taking too much you’ll have loose stools, so then just back off a little. And take the amount that’s tolerable for your body, before you go to bed if you’re waking up with headaches or grinding or clenching your teeth at night.
Massage Your Jaw Muscles to Get Rid of TMJ Pain
In addition, I’m going to teach you a massage of the muscles in your jaw. They go vertically from below your eye to your jaw. Push your finger horizontally from the front of your cheek to massage that muscle. Push and then slowly open and close your mouth to work trigger points and adhesions. You move your finger horizontally down the muscle for each stretch to get the whole muscle. You can also wash your hands and do this with your finger inside your mouth to push and massage the muscle. Oftentimes, at the end of the day if I have a tense jaw and my bite isn’t quite right, I do this massage on the way home. After just a few times my bite is just fine and I’ve alleviated any possibility of getting a headache that night.