To build on our last post let’s talk about how breathing patterns affect TMD/TMJ (jaw issues).
We have established that diaphragmatic breathing is how we properly stabilize the low back and create proper intra-abdominal pressure but breathing patterns can affect much more than low back pain and stability.
When we have a dysfunctional breathing pattern, we recruit accessory breathing muscles such as the Scalene muscles, the Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) and the Iliocostalis Cervicis.
These muscles attempt to create more space in our ribcage by lifting the ribs upward.
When this happens, it creates increased tension throughout our cervical musculature and affects cranial muscles such as the masseter, Temporalis and other jaw musculature.
So, next time you are experiencing Jaw pain, try to focus on your breathing pattern, it may just decrease your symptoms!
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