Jul 31, 2013 - 1:59 pm
Trismus/TMJ is a condition that affects many of us (raising hand) who have undergone radiation and/or surgery. Just like swallowing, "use it or lose it" is the mantra. Here are some exercises given to me by my Speech/Language Pathologist at Johns Hopkins. As always, check with your doctors before doing anything. I have an entire notebook filled with great tips on subjects from dry mouth to exercises for shoulders to diet from Johns Hopkins. I'm re-typing them and saving in MS Word to post later on. Coming from one of the top H&N centers in the country. they can only be deemed helpful.
BTW....These are especially fun to do in the car and watch the reaction of other drivers ~lol~
Ideally to be performed 1-3X daily
Same exercise to the left.
Increasing Circular Jaw Movement
Tongue Depressors (only if <30mm MIO)
Alternately, use one tongue depressor and slowly turn it from flat to sideways, gently stretching mouth opening to accommodate. Again, hold for 10-30 seconds as tolerated.
Mouth Opening Check