These Surprising Exercises Can Help With Your Bruxism
Whilst we don’t recommend relying on these exercises solely to cure your bruxism, they can definitely assist with managing your grinding and clenching habits. So why not give them a go?
Sound bizarre? Yawning up to 5-10 times in a row can help to reduce the tension built up in your jaws. As you yawn you stretch out your jaw muscles. Stretching and moving the jaw muscles will allow them to loosen up. But if you yawning to really make a difference ensure you are yawning repetitively and religiously.
Massaging your face particularly around the jaw muscle will help relieve tight knots in your jaw. It will also work to warm and loosen up the muscle area. This is a pretty easy task to do during the day sitting at your desk or at night when you are relaxing on the couch.
Try placing your tongue at the roof of your mouth, towards the front and saying ‘nnnnn’. This action plays a role in preventing your jaw to clench. However, you have to do this regularly for it to be effective.
Keeping your shoulders relaxed will release a build up of tension. This helps reduce your likeliness to grind as you are also relaxed. To do this, try rolling your shoulders and loosening them up when you notice they are starting to tense up.
Slowly move your chin to your chest and then slowly look up to the sky. Do this repetitively until you feel you have loosed up your neck.
As you can see all of these exercises are simple, quick and easy. So next time you are at work and notice you are stressed, grinding or clenching why not give some of these a go to release the tension?