Stop Light Stretch

Stop Light Stretch – TMJ Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

The TMJ is a unique structure of the body, the joint has 2 attachments, 1 on either side of the face. As the mouth opens the TMJ must work in unison just like a bucket handle rotates to swing over the bucket. If the joint does not rotate in unison it causes a lot of mechanical stress in the joint and causes popping, clicking or pain.

Perform 10 repetitions 3-4 times per day


Place tongue behind the front teeth on roof of mouth

Open jaw, but do not cause pain

If you feel pain, open to the point before the pain starts and repeat

As you work the jaw checking to see if you can open wider

The jaw works like a bucket handle

The tongue creates a focal point for the jaw to rotate around

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