You Can’t Always Relax Your Jaw Muscles
While it’s possible to use relaxation techniques to try to counter some tension, for many people the worst tension is in the jaw. It’s not always possible to relax these muscles with simple techniques. Instead, sometimes jaw muscle tension is linked to jaw dysfunction, such as TMJ.
When this is the case, jaw muscle tension occurs in part because your jaw doesn’t stay in a healthy, relaxed position.
When this occurs, simple relaxation methods may not be effective. That’s because muscle tension increases every time you use your jaw. This isn’t just when you chew or talk–your jaw muscles play a vital role in breathing and even in supporting your head. In short, this means that your jaw muscles are working hard much more often than you think. It’s hard to consciously combat this unconscious jaw tension. That’s where a neuromuscular dentist can help.