Your Breath, Your Movement, And Your Jaw

Stafford VA General DentistIf you’re stressed due to physical or emotional situations, it can force you to subconsciously hold your breath. Did you know that all of your movements are dependent upon your breath? It seems like a simple concept, but many times we hold our breath when we are in anxious or tense situations.

There is a condition called Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) associated with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The disorder is a somewhat common condition that limits your natural function of your jaw. The operations, such as opening the mouth and chewing, of your mouth are compromised. You can read more about TMJ here.

Many things such as bad posture, arthritis, displacement, lockjaw, surgery, fractures, misaligned teeth, and jaw clenching cause TMD. While stress does not necessarily cause TMD, it can either by a component that leads to it, or your TMD may cause your stress and anxiety to increase.

A simple act of breathing and moving can help alleviate some of the symptoms of TMD. Ensure that you’re sitting and standing with a healthy posture as well. Take inventory of how you sit, stand, and how much movement you do during each day. Exercise will help alleviate stress, and can help alleviate some tension you hold in your jaw.

While breathing and movement cannot cure your TMD, they are a good way to help maintain the health of your jaw. At Garrisonville Dental, our dentists offer treatment for patients with TMJ/TMD disorders. If you’re experiencing pain, tension, or locking of your jaw, call Garrisonville Dental today.

Posted on behalf of  Garrisonville Dental