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Jaw pain: Try this simple exercise to help 

 October 7, 2019

By  Mandi Mack

In my practice I see many clients coming in with jaw and neck pain. A tight jaw can cause pain or discomfort in many parts of your body, including your head, ears, teeth, face, and neck. The intensity of the pain can vary.  The pain may be described as achy, throbbing, tender, or severe. These feelings may become worse while chewing or yawning.

The exact location of the pain can also vary. If you have a tight jaw, you may feel discomfort on one or both sides of your face, jaw, nose, mouth, or ears.

In addition to pain, other symptoms of a tight jaw may include:

  • limited range of motion when you try to open your mouth
  • locking of the jaw joint
  • clicking sounds

Read on for what you can do to provide relief!

This is called the ‘I’m bored jaw stretch’ . The name comes from an idea that if someone were to see you, they would think that you are bored. This is a great stretch if your jaw is feeling tight, have pain in the top of your neck, just under your skull.

  • Sit with a table or desk in front of you.
  • Rest your elbow on the table.
  • Relax your body particularly the neck and jaw area
  • Ball your fist and place the flat part of your knuckles against your lower cheek/ bottom jaw.
  • Allow your jaw to relax slightly and slide to the opposite side. Allow gravity to do the work.
  • Hold this for the count of 10, then move to the opposite side.
  • Repeat 2x per side.

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Mandi is an RMT with 20 years of experience specializing in complex cases. Using a unique blend of Eastern therapies including Ayurveda, Traditional Thai, and Yoga Therapy. She combines these with a trauma-sensitive approach blending nervous system regulation tools into every session.

She catalyzes change at the intersection of trauma somatic, eastern, ritual, and western medicine by working in groups and one-on-one with people to regulate their nervous systems and find their personal truth. The scope of my practice bridges body, energy, mind, emotions, and soul work.

Senior RMT, Somatic Informed Trauma Therapist, Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Shamanic Practitioner, Thai Therapist, Coach, Mentor, and Guide

In addition, she is a passionate Mutlipotentialite, Entrepreneur, Curious Rebel, Spiritual Adventurer, Transformation Leader, Shamanic practitioner, and the creator of Vedic Smudge.

Her mission is to inspire curiosity in the world. Through embodied experimental exploration with a focus on the ceremony, ritual, indigenous practices, alternative healing /health, massage, yoga, spirituality, meditation, and mystic and esoteric explorations. She also teaches and hosts retreats, and more.

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