The doctor may treat your TMJ symptoms with a number of physical aides and medicines to give you some kind of relief. The prescribed mouth guard that you can get will prevent any damage from being done to your teeth at night when you are more apt to grind your teeth and clench your teeth. Your doctor may also give you a muscle relaxer that can help to stop the grinding as well. In some cases, there is surgery that can be done to realign the teeth that are not aligning up right. Just about anyone who suffers from TMJ can use the exercises that are meant to strengthen the jaw and increase the amount of flexibility that you get. In some cases that is all you need to get some relief.
You can try these simple exercises to get a jump start.
Wide Mouth: When you yawn, your mouth will open wide and this causes the stretching of the muscles and tissues around the jaw. The wide mouth exercise mimics the motion of a yawn. You can stand or sit upright and slowly you will want to open your mouth as wide as you can possibly open it. This will need to happen until you feel the jaw joint and muscles begin to stretch. This can actually trigger you to actually yawn. Once you have been able to open your mouth completely, take a deep breath while holding it in place and then close your mouth again. You will need to do this 3 to 5 times each day before you start to notice a relief in pain or discomfort.
Chin Downs: A chin down is designed to stretch the muscles in the neck. While you are breathing out, you will slowly want to lower your chin until you touch your chest or as close as you can get to touching your chest. Once you have done this, you will begin to feel the muscles along the back of your neck start to tighten. Hold this position and then take a deep breath which will stretch the muscles. Once you have done this, you will want to raise your chin all the way to the ceiling and keep your mouth closed. You will then feel the neck muscles start to stretch and then return to the normal position. Repeat this the same amount of times each day to get relief.
Roll Shoulders: This exercise will help to stretch out the muscles in the shoulders. You will want to start with facing forward. Slowly you will want to push your shoulder forward until the muscles start to stretch. Once you have done this, you will want to raise them up as high as you can again. Next roll them back and down until you feel a complete circular motion. You will want to be sure to really push through the exercise in order to get the maximum range of motion. Continue doing this a couple of times a day in order to get relief.