A locking jaw, making it difficult to open and close the mouth
Tenderness and pain in the jaw
Pain in or around your ears
Migraines and tension headaches
Neck and shoulder pain or stiffness
Stress or injury
A misaligned bite
Arthritis or degenerative bone defects
Poor posture (For example: Holding your head forward all day while staring at the computer)
Avoid overworking the jaw joint by eating hard foods or chewing gum.
Try gently massaging the muscles to release tension.
Implement a mild daily exercise routine.
Learn stress-reducing techniques.
If you are in front of a computer all day, maintain good posture by taking short breaks to rest your arms and loosen up your back and neck muscles.