Hey-Hey Massage Your TMJ
A Simple Stress Buster
One of the most densely packed nerve centers in your entire body is your Temporal Mandibular Joint, the TMJ, your jaw-hinge. One look at a neurology textbook reveals just how much of the brain is dedicated to receiving input from this area--it is practically hard-wired. It's no wonder that, when tense, your TMJ causes not only headaches, but overall body tension. Its response can increase or decrease stress in the body as a whole. This is why when people experience stress, they often grind their teeth at night. Stress feeds stress--it becomes a slippery slope.
Here is a way to reduce TMJ and overall stress: Use your thumbs or knuckles to massage the bulge of the TMJ with 5-10 pounds of pressure. Press fairly hard for up to 10 seconds, then relax. Repeat 3 or 4 times on each side. Do this a few times a day. Each time, end by breathing deeply, relaxing and smiling!
Recommended: The TMJ Healing Plan: Ten Steps to Relieving Headaches, Neck Pain and Jaw Disorders (Positive Options for Health)
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