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I first started suffering from tmj in college. I felt pain when I bit down on food and swallowed. (i thought it was an ear infection at first). Anyways, the pain would come and go (especially when I had sores on one side on my mouth) and I thought there was nothing I could do but wait it out. Until it hit me: pop my jaw!

Heres a short explanation of how to do it:

-let your jaw just drop. Get it relaxed. You should be able to wiggle it freely side to side (with your hands) without your jaw muscles resisting.

-then put your palms against the side of your jaw (around your side burns) and forcefully wiggle your jaw side to side. You can also try compressing your jaw, doing opposite vertical motions (:-\, get it?), or pushing forward and hackwards (like overbite, underbite). It helps if your jaw is dropped and completely relaxed when you do this.

I do this on the first sign of tmj returning. It works for me and I haven't suffered from tmj pain for years now.

Hope this helps.
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replied January 31st, 2005
Somebody Reply Already!!!
I realize that i'm replying to myself... But it's been a year since my original post and still no replies... I consider my original post a gold mine; the solution to tmj. Hopefully this reply will put my old post on the top of the list and it will be read and appreciated by someone.

And it says that my post has been viewed quite a few times! Well? Anyone care to comment? Does it work for you, is it terrible? I want to know.

I probably won't be hanging around this forum for very much longer so if anyone wants to contact me, sniff around google for "inane5," and you'll find my webpage on geocities, and you'll eventually find my email. Sorry for the goose chase, but I hate spam.
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replied October 8th, 2011
The first time my jaw went, I wiggled it with my hands and it went back.(So it does work) This time I cannot get it to do it and it has been a month!

I have woken up with it feeling fine, only for it to lock up again during the day. The self manipulation is not working this time.

But it is always worth a try!
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replied October 17th, 2011
My jaw has been stuck open for about three hours now, and I find it impossible to relax it, can you please text me at 7193061948, normally I would never post my phone number, but right now I'm desperatie, thanks, Brittany
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replied November 10th, 2011
I am entirely grateful for you post!! The first few that popped up on the internet were horrible stories of women with their jaws locked for months!! I woke up this morning and at 39 for the first time ever my jaw was locked. I tried your wiggle wiggle side to side and voila!! My jaw opened right up. You are a genius. I was getting a little freaked. I could barely brush my teeth. Thank you soooo much for posting your gold mine..xoxoxoxo
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replied July 16th, 2012
This helped me a lot. My jaw locks all the time since I've had braces and got my rubber bands. My jaw locked at 2:19 and I used this technique to get it unlocked. I'm greatful that you posted this. Thanks much!!
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replied August 16th, 2013
I can't seam to unlock it
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replied December 11th, 2013
Thank you so much, i have been in so much pain, this really helped .
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replied February 4th, 2005
Seems like it would help but right now I am on the tmj splint and I have no pain so just thought I would post and give ya something to read. You might want to get a tmj splint. It cost me about 350 dollars. Insurance didn't cover it. I have to wear it for another 4 months it's kind of a pain but worth it.
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replied February 4th, 2005
Seems like it would help but right now I am on the tmj splint and I have no pain so just thought I would post and give ya something to read. You might want to get a tmj splint. It cost me about 350 dollars. Insurance didn't cover it. I have to wear it for another 4 months it's kind of a pain but worth it.
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replied February 4th, 2005
Seems like it would help but right now I am on the tmj splint and I have no pain so just thought I would post and give ya something to read. You might want to get a tmj splint. It cost me about 350 dollars. Insurance didn't cover it. I have to wear it for another 4 months it's kind of a pain but worth it.
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replied March 24th, 2005
Tmj
My son has jaw locked for several weeks, only unlocking for perhaps a few hours a day. He was just given an estimate of $1100.00 for a splint - but I don't know what kind - I see from reading various tmj websites there are various kinds. Yours cost $350 - seems like a wide discrepancy. $1100 cost did not cover all the other fees for adjustment, etc. Dentist offered no prescription for inflammation - his jaw is swollen
what kind of splint do you have?
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replied March 24th, 2005
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Interesting what exactly does this splint do? What is the surgery involved and how risky is it?

I live in canada, so cost is not much of an issue... Our health plan covers all costs.

Let me know, i'm very interested.

Justin
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replied June 27th, 2005
I believe that I have dislocated my jaw but have been told I have tmd can anyone tell me the difference please
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replied August 17th, 2005
Hi inane5...
I am glad you found a way to relieve your pain, however it might not be the best way for others to do so. Manipulating your jaw like that does not come without risks... You could end up hurting yourself more than helping... I do not mean to be negative but I just wanted everyone to be aware of this before they tried it on themselves.
Lrs5485
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replied October 16th, 2005
Agreed. It wouldn't work for everyone. If you go to your local hospital oral surgery department they will, amongst other things, prescribe some jaw exercises.
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replied November 9th, 2005
I'm sorry but this thread is just entirely irresponsible.

I hope people do not follow this person's advice.

Think about how much worse you could make it....
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replied November 13th, 2005
One Cause of Tmj
I just recently found out one of the causes of tmj or, at least, one that can make it much worse-snorkeling.

I went snorkeling in may and a few days later the pain was very intense.

I still snorkle but I am using exercises before and after to help alleviate the pain.

I will have to get a special snorkle made when I can afford it.
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replied March 30th, 2006
I found a website talking about jaw pressure points. It's similar to my technique.



Ehow.Com/how_6614_shiatsu-tmj.Html

i still stand by my technique. I've been doing it for 5 years now and it's made tmj no big deal anymore. No side affects either.

I highly recommend it for people new to tmj. (if your jaw has been sitting disjointed for years and years, it may be too late to simply pop it back in.)
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replied April 8th, 2006
I'm glad you found something that works for you, however, "popping your jaw back into place" can be dangerous and could make someone much worse than they already are. Please see a doctor before you try this, people.
Inane, I understand that this technique works for you, but it could really hurt someone who has serious jaw problems that have gone undiagnosed. Please understand that we aren't trying to discount your experiences, it is just that people need to be safe.
L
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replied December 12th, 2009
help please
hmmm but what is tmj and tmd? i have had my jaw locked into place, like it wont lower any further than about halfway, for almost a week. from about 2 years ago this has been happening, but never for this long. it would happen on average around every three months? i am fifteen, is this like a growth thing? ranging from an hour, to a day. i have tried the exercises on this page but my jaw hasnt gone back into place. it hurts when i try to open my mouth more, but it isnt that hard to live with. i am mostly concerned about the long term effects. please help! thanks
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replied December 16th, 2009
TMJ is the abbreviation for the TemporoMandibular Joint, which is the ball-and-socket joint of the jaw. TMD is any disorder of the jaw joint (stands for TemporoMandibular Disorder).

Jessica you are right to be concerned about long term effects. No, it is not normal to happen during growth. If it is locking up for that long, you may have serious trouble and need physical therapy to correct it NOW rather than later. See a dentist that specializes in tmj, at your age most people will go to orthodontists but that is a bad idea since they are trained mostly for looks, not for medical issues. It is best to see an oral surgeon, or a DMD/MD (a dentist that is also a medical doctor). Most dentists can recommend a specialist. Don't let it go on for long without treatment, you don't have to live with it and it will get worse on its own.
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replied December 29th, 2009
My jaw has always crunched, clicked, etc. I learned how to pop it just like you described and it definately releives the presure. I have to do it everyday. It seems to get more difficult over time though. I got to where both sides were no longer popping and I decided to experiment. The most effective method I found was to take a hard object about the size of you thumb and bitting down on it on the side you pop. Then press upwards on the bottom of the opposite side of your jaw. this should pop it and it feels heavenly. I do it all the time. If it is messing up my joint even worse i don't care, it is cheaper and more convenient than a splint
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replied January 30th, 2010
Jaw popping
I need help! My jaw has been popping for several weeks now but yesterday was the worst. I started to realise it had popped around dinner time and the pain got more intense. About 6 on way back from shops it popped back again and i was like woohoo! Then about an hour later it backed out again. I was popping my jaw in and out (not intentionally) all night. I must of popped it in and out about 30 times in an hour last night and it popped out before i went to sleep and today at 12 its still out and im in alot of pain. I cannot see anyone as it is the weekend and i have no idea what to do.
I was just working my jaw gently and this is what was causing my jaw to pop. Like running your tongue over your teeth moving your jaw like that.
Its so painfull!
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replied August 16th, 2010
I've been suffering from what they say is TMJ for about 9 years now, I've had soft splints, a hard splint (which cost me a lot) and then my jaw got worse and has been in extreme pain for nearly a year, i've done the "exercises", i've had one operation back in April 2010 (not successful) and my jaw is worse than it was before, I've been taking pain killers for nearly a year (through perscriptions and/or over the counter - which is highly expensive and can't be good for me?) I'm on another waiting list to have another op which won't be till at least October 2010, I'm 27 and really don't know what to do anymore. I find it really hard to eat and quite a lot of foods I can't eat, my jaw only opens so far, it's agony when I yawn or cough etc. The pain killers never get rid of the pain they just make it a bit more bearable.
Apparently the only thing they can do is wash out the jaw joints which is the op i've had already.
Sad
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replied August 19th, 2010
PROLOTHERAPY INJECTIONS
This is for Gem2401.... have you tried prolotherapy injections I just started so I can't say if this has made a major impact but you have to go for several before good results I'm told,I heard nothing but good positive
feedback from it though,Before I go back and get my third injections I will be seeing a dr. that does bio-cranial once I have this done.... after the adjustment I will then go and have my injections..I will let you know of the outcome...
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