Jaw clenching can take its toll. Headaches, jaw pain and ringing in the ears are some of the side effects of jaw clenching. TMJ dysfunction is another common outcome of over working facial muscles. Bruxism is often treated by dentists with tooth guards to prevent worn and broken teeth from long-term grinding.
Take a moment to consider your clenching habits. If you’re like most people, you’re not even aware that you have been clenching your jaw, shoulders, fists and hips. Many of our physical discomforts can be traced back to the body parts we hold in a state of tension. Below is a brief primer on how to trace from symptoms to muscles chronically tightened.
First, there is the muscle tension created by how we move, or don’t move. Then there is the muscle tension generated by the emotions we carry day and night. The build-up of both types of muscle tension is slow and insidious. Although we live everyday with the way we move and the way we feel, we are often unaware of their effects. Our bodies try to alert us, however we ignore the early warning aches and pains. Increasing awareness of the slow-but-sure increase in muscle tension can help us to stop the progression by either changing our habits or getting treatment that will reverse the gradual rise in patterns that lead to pain. Regular massage therapy can help to relieve both physical and emotional tension as well as heighten your awareness of when, where and why your aches and…
The beginning of a new year is a great time to set your sites on resolutions. The easier they are to do, the better are your chances of successfully integrating the changes into your life. Here’s an easy resolution: “Try massage!”
Pool noodles are versatile. Your imagination is the limit, but have you thought of how to use a pool noodle to work out the tension in tight muscles? The lowly pool noodle can be resurrected!