opening (yawning, etc.) to no more than
2 fingers width.
Rest of the
jaw by avoiding heavy chewing (gum,
bagels, tough meat).
grinding and clenching of teeth by
keeping the teeth slightly apart and the
leaning on or sleeping on the jaw.
tongue thrusting and chewing non-food
items (fingernails, pens, pencils,
playing wind, brass and string musical
instruments that stress, retrude or
strain the jaw.
Use cold or
ice packs or moist heat compresses as
directed by your doctor or therapist.
the affected muscles.
gentle range-of-motion exercise of the
jaw as directed by your doctor or
medications as directed by your doctor.