Can Exercise Affect TMJ Symptoms?

At Atlas Orofacial Pain & Apnea Group, we encourage patients who experience symptoms from TMJ and have received treatment in our office to have a mindset of ability and not disability. We never want patients to avoid trying something that will improve their overall health out of fear of what will happen to their TMJ condition. We encourage our patients to live healthy lifestyles, which includes regular exercise.

Exercise Recommendations

When patients are experiencing a flare-up of symptoms or have recently been diagnosed, we will not encourage them to start a new workout routine that is focused on heavy weightlifting. Strenuous activity can cause clenching of the teeth and jaw, especially if trying to lift heavy weights. We encourage our patients to move daily. If you are looking to get more exercise, start by taking a daily walk and increasing your step count each day. Yoga is also a wonderful form of exercise that includes stretching, which may be beneficial if you are feeling tense. We recommend that you ease into anything you try. We do not recommend that patients immediately jump into high-intensity activity if it is not something they are used to doing.

Visit Our Website

We may have recommended some exercises that you can do for your mouth and face. Be sure to visit our website to see examples of the exercises we may have recommended to you or a loved one.

If you are interested in starting a new exercise regimen, we would recommend contacting our office to be sure it won’t affect your TMJ symptoms or treatment. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about your treatment, the exercise videos on the website, or anything Dr. Frye may have recommended to help with your symptoms. We provide sleep apnea and TMJ-related treatments to patients in all areas of Western New York as well as Canada. Be sure to contact one of our two offices located in Buffalo and Rochester, NY to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you soon!