QuickSplint + JAW Rx-ercises
A Powerful Combination to Help Patients Suffering with Headaches
JAW Rx-ercises are a set of jaw exercises designed to help patients avoid daytime clenching or setting of teeth that causes jaw and temple muscles to overwork and become sore. Patients suffering from tension headaches, episodic headaches, and chronic tension headaches usually experience rapid relief of their symptoms using JAW Rx-ercises in combination with the QuickSplint interim oral appliance. JAW Rx-ercises may also improve symptoms and incidence of migraine headaches in some patients where muscle tension is a contributing factor.
JAW Rx-ercises are easy to teach and easy to learn and remember (see instructions below). It is recommended that the patient perform 20 sets of JAW Rx-ercises throughout the day. Patients can use this self-care measure throughout their life to manage and mitigate their clenching behavior and associated headaches.
JAW Rx-ercises are available for purchase in 50-count notepads in the QuickSplint online store.
Performing JAW Rx-ercises
JAW Rx-ercises are a set of jaw exercises designed to help you avoid daytime clenching or setting of teeth that causes your jaw and temple muscles to overwork and become sore. Masseter or jaw muscle soreness can be a trigger for headaches and/or jaw pain.
Position your tongue gently on the roof of your mouth just behind your front teeth. To find this position say the letter “N”.
Holding your tongue in this position, rapidly open and close your jaw 10 times. Do not let your teeth touch when you close, and don’t open your mouth more than one finger width.
Keep your tongue in position while you gently open your jaw as wide as comfortably possible. Make sure to keep contact between your tongue and the roof of your mouth while opening. Then slowly begin closing until your lips come together and STOP, closing your jaws. This will be the resting place for your jaw, teeth and tongue throughout the day.
Then slowly begin closing until your lips come together and STOP, closing your jaws. This will be the resting place for your jaw, teeth and tongue throughout the day.
Note: You should perform 20 or more sets of JAW Rx-ercises throughout the day. Performing this 4-step process many times throughout the day will retrain your muscles and brain to relax your jaw in a comfortable resting position, keeping your teeth apart when you are awake. JAW Rx-ercises have been shown to have a positive effect on reducing headache and jaw pain.