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5 Simple Face Yoga Poses to Relieve Jaw Pain

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medically reviewed by Dr Naveen Chandran

Dr J S S Dev

Updated on February 24, 2024

From celebrities to your next-door neighbour, everybody is reaping the benefits of face yoga. The fantastic results that face yoga can help you achieve have made it a sensation due to its effectiveness. The range of benefits one can gain from face yoga is vast. Whether glowing skin or relieving jaw pain, face yoga answers all. It can be considered one of the jaw pain home remedies. Try face yoga. It's better and more effective.

In this blog, we will look at five simple yet very effective face yoga poses you can try to relieve jaw pain. 

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Why Are You Having Jaw Pain?

Your jaw pain may be due to several reasons. It may be from musculoskeletal issues, dental issues, or maybe due to other potential issues. Here are some significant causes you may be having jaw pain.

Musculoskeletal Issues
  • Muscle Strain or Overuse
  • Temporomandibular Joint Issues
  • Tetanus
Dental Issues
  • Toothaches
  • Dental Procedures
  • Temporomandibular Joint Arthritis
Other Causes
  • Sinus Infections
  • Ear Infections
  • Neurological Issues

Knowing what causes your Jaw pain is significant. Face yoga cannot relieve jaw pain permanently if the underlying cause is serious. But definitely, considerate relief from pain is guaranteed with face yoga.

How Face Yoga Can Help?

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Face yoga involves working out your facial muscles. How are facial muscles related to your jaw pain? Here's how. When you experience jaw pain, the muscles of your jaws become tense and stiff and can develop tender muscle knots in them. 

When given sufficient care, the facial muscles will help ease your jaw pain and also help in future occurrences of jaw pain. When you move or massage your facial muscles, two things occur:

  1. An improvement in blood flow to the muscles and jaw.
     
  2. Strengthening of the muscles attached to the jaw.

By targeting these two functions, you will significantly improve your jaw pain.

So, let's start with the five most effective and straightforward face yoga poses for your jaw pain. 

5 Simple Face Yoga Poses for Jaw Pain Relief

Do you know what these face yoga exercises are? You can do these poses while reading this blog itself!

Try these fantastic exercises to relax the jaw and facial muscles.

Fish Face

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How to Perform

  • Sit or stand comfortably in calm surroundings.
     
  • Suck in your both cheeks and make a fish-like face.
     
  • Now, smile while keeping your face twisted.
     
  • Hold this position for ten seconds and relax.
     
  • Repeat the above steps for five times.

Make sure that you maintain steady breathing throughout the practice. Focus on feeling the stretch around the face and jaw.

How Does it Help?

Practising fish face helps to strengthen muscles around the mouth, jaw and cheeks. It also aids in reducing wrinkles and lines around the mouth as a bonus.

Lion's Breath

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How to Perform

  • Sit cross-legged on the floor.
     
  • Inhale deeply through your nostrils.
     
  • Now, exhale forcefully through your mouth while sticking your tongue out, making a roaring sound.
     
  • Repeat the above steps for about one minute.

Make sure that you exhale powerfully through your mouth.

How Does it Help?

Lion's Breath helps release tension around your jaw, neck and shoulders.

Jaw Release

How to Perform

  • Sit or stand comfortably in a quiet surrounding.
     
  • Put your fingers (fingers on the same side) on your jaw joint just below your ears on each side.
     
  • Gently apply pressure using your fingers, and at the same time, open your mouth wide.
     
  • Hold this position for a few seconds and relax.
     
  • Follow normal breathing throughout the process. 

How Does it Help?

Practising jaw release helps in reducing tension around the jaw joints and reduces jaw joint pain. Breathing exercises and jaw release also help improve blood circulation to your jaw area.

Neck and Jaw Stretch

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How to Perform

  • Sit or stand, keeping your spine straight.
     
  • Tilt your head towards one side, thus bringing your ear towards the shoulder.
     
  • Now, place your hand on the opposite side of the head and apply gentle pressure.
     
  • Hold this position for 15-20 seconds and release.
     
  • Follow the same steps on the other side.
     
  • Repeat this for 3-4 times on each side.

Maintain steady breathing throughout the process. While practising, you should feel the stretch around your neck and jaw.

Keep it gentle without forcing your stretch.

How Does it Help?

The stretch especially helps you strengthen the muscles joining your jaw and collarbone.

Chin Lift

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How to Perform

  • Sit or stand up, keeping your spine straight and your shoulders relaxed.
     
  • Tilt your head back, looking towards the ceiling.
     
  • Now, pucker your lips like kissing the ceiling.
     
  • Hold this position for 10-20 seconds and then relax.
     
  • Repeat the above steps three times.

Inhale through your nose deeply and breathe out through your mouth. While practising, feel the stretch in your neck and jaw.

How Does it Help?

Practising chin lift helps stretch and relax the muscles around the jaw and neck. It provides relief from tension and discomfort.

To learn more face yoga techniques for jaw pain with picture perfection, connect with our face yoga experts at Nirva Health.

The Final Takeaway

Have you tried these exercises to relax the jaw and facial muscles? While reading the blog? Practising these poses every day will ease the pain in your joints. While practising them, you should also take note of your breathing seriously. It is always best to know what is causing your jaw pain. Addressing the cause will yield better results. Reap the benefits of face yoga and enhance the quality of your life. 

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