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.
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