Do you have Jaw Tightness or Pain? Clicking Jaw?

Do you have jaw pain? headaches? Does your jaw click when you open it? Do you notice you clench your jaw or your dentist tells you that you are clenching and wearing your teeth? These can all relate to poor jaw alignment and control of the jaw movement. Listen in for a simple self test and home exercise to help maintain a better jaw position and which should help alleviate some of the jaw pain or discomfort you are having. If no change, please have your jaw assessed by a professional. Contact us for details.

Hi this is Dana Ranahan from Body Works Sports Physiotherapy in North Vancouver and today I’m here to talk about jaw pain. So do you have jaw pain? Do you have tightness in your jaw or do you clench at night? And one of the other things is that people tend to get clicking in their jaw when they’re opening their mouth or when they’re eating crunchy food or bigger items like eating a bagel or something like that. So one of the basic things we look at with the jaw is where the position of the jaw is in space and that makes a huge difference to how much tension we have in the jaw and how much pain we have there. And one of the key things you need to think about is where is the rest position of our tongue in our mouth. So if we sit there nice and tall, close your mouth and where does your tongue sit. A lot of times, people with jaw pain, the tongue does not sit on the roof of the mouth. So one of the basic premises to good positioning for your jaw is looking at neck posture and resting the tongue on the roof of your mouth. So give that a try today, close your mouth, just sit there and see what you feel and does your tongue actually set on the roof of your mouth or not and if not, work to try to integrate this into some of your postural corrections. We’ll have more tips on jaw pain coming forward or if you have more questions please feel free to give the clinic a call at 604-983-6616 or check out our website at www.body-works.ca. Have a great day.