Many people suffer from jaw pain, teeth grinding and do not really know the cause. These can be very debilitating. There is increasing recognition by the dentists and the wider medical community of the relationship between breathing patterns and the facial muscular mechanics including the jaw. Poor breathing patterns engage incorrect muscle groups and sequencing which leads to unbalanced head positions, posture and poor facial muscular mechanics.
TMD occurs due to an unbalance between the extensor and flexor muscles of the head and the masticatory, supra and infrahyoid muscle. Habitual poor breathing patterns triggered by life traumas or learnt at an early age can be key contributors to irregular facial profiles and poor muscular mechanics.
Encouraging and regulating good breathing patterns and the resulting relaxation outcomes can help relieve symptoms.