Opening Exercise

  1. Try to open your jaw against fist pressure for 15 seconds.
  2. Remove hand support and open smoothly and widely.
  3. Repeat from beginning 5 times.

Lateral Movement

  1. Try to swing your jaw to the left against fist pressure for 15 seconds. Use the left fist against the chin with the forearm parallel to the ground.
  2. Then swing the jaw smoothly without fist pressure.
  3. Repeat from the beginning of lateral movement, 5 times.
  4. Change hands and repeat the above exercise but swinging to the right.

Daily Exercises

  • Exercises above should be done 3 times a day for 3 weeks.
  • Expect in the first week that the pain may be worse, and then slowly settle.
  • If your jaw is painful whilst doing the exercises apply a hot flannel over the area before and after the exercises.
  • If necessary, take two soluble panadol or similar pain killers twenty minutes before commencing the exercises.