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Poor Posture and TMJ

August 31, 2016

Today, it’s easier than ever to forget about proper posture. Every day we spend more and more time in front of a screen, whether it’s sitting in front of your computer at your desk or on your couch with your smartphone or tablet. Spending so much time sitting can be hazardous to your health in more ways than one. When it comes to your posture, sitting for long periods of time can put you at risk for a number of different health problems.

Bad posture and TMJ

One thing that people don’t often realize is that poor posture may be a contributing factor to increased TMJ pain? TMJ pain can be caused by an alignment problem, especially in your neck and shoulders. The temporomandibular joints are delicately balanced and poor posture and alignment can cause the jaw joints to misalign, pop, lock, cramp or even go into spasms.

Your TMJ pain can be reduced with some dedication to improving your posture. Focusing on spinal alignment, regardless of whether your sitting or standing, can help put you on the path toward improved posture and reduced jaw pain.

Start working on your posture today. Take a look at these simple tips for improving your posture:

-Pretend you have a book on your head while walking. This will help you to avoid slouching, pushing your shoulders back and aligning your neck and spinal column.

-Sit with your back against the back of your chair. It’s so easy to slouch when sitting, especially when focused on a computer screen. By pressing your back against the back of the chair, you can maintain proper posture and support your back.

-Move often! Your posture can be improved by physical activity, so get up and get moving! Walk, tend to the lawn, play with your kids or pets or even go to a yoga class. All of these activities can be a great opportunity to correct your posture and stand tall.

-Stretch your muscles. If you’re sitting for long periods of time, keeping your muscles loose can help you to keep your spinal column aligned. Get up throughout the day, stand and stretch your muscles to improve your posture long-term.

If you’re experiencing ongoing TMJ pain, it may be time to consult an experienced medical professional. For patients in the Dayton, Ohio area, Dr. Mitakides at The TMJ Treatment Center is here to help. With more than 40 years of experience diagnosing and treating TMJ, he is dedicated to reducing your pain. Contact us or give us a call today at 937-427-3131 to schedule an appointment.