By: Margaret, PT
Stress will increase muscle tension and can cause you to clench your teeth more. Wearing a mask can also make your jaw tight, especially if you are jutting your chin forward or tensing your jaw to try to hold your mask on.
1. Be aware of your jaw- It should be relaxed at rest, teeth not touching, tongue resting on roof of mouth.
2. When wearing a mask- try not to tense your jaw or push your jaw forward to hold your mask on.
3. If you have jaw pain- avoid hard, crunchy or chewy foods, ice as needed for 10 minutes or until numb.
4. If you have tried all of these possible solutions and you're still having jaw pain, come see us at Advanced Rehab & Sports Medicine and we'll get you take care of!