We are delighted to bring you another blog from Jane at Jane Long Wellbeing. This time Jane talks about jaw tension and how it can affect our sleeping and our wellbeing. With all the worries and tensions that we are all dealing with right now I’m sure you will find the blog very interesting and useful.
Do you wake in the morning feeling like you’ve crushed your teeth, your neck and jaw muscles ache or you’ve had the worst nights sleep?
You could be experiencing jaw tension or Bruxism. It’s thought that 1 in 10 people in the UK experience jaw tension and most of those are women.
Did you know the strongest muscle in your body is the masseter muscle found in your jaw and cheek?
At night we can subconsciously chew and create tension in our jaw and cheek area.
It’s the place where we hold the most tension and it may lead to Bruxism or teeth grinding and clenching.
SYMPTOMS OF JAW TENSION & BRUXISM
Do you recognise any of these symptoms?
- Toothache or movement
- Reduced Sleep Quality
- Tense shoulders
- Ear ache
These are some common causes that may exacerbate this condition.
- Sleep disruption
- Lifestyle and work stress
- Medication for sleep disruption or depression
- Hormonal changes during menopause
HOW TO RELEASE JAW TENSION
Here are some ways to release jaw tension They include looking at your lifestyle factors.
- Reduce anxiety
- Facial massage
- Herbal remedies
- EFT Tapping
For more support the Bruxism Association may help you.
You might like to try a self care facial massage sequence to help reduce jaw tension.
I’d love to share this video sequence with you.
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