jaw tension tips

A Vocal Coaches Journey with Jaw Tension And 3 Tips To Fix It

If you suffer from jaw tension…
then I hear you!

Let me share the exercises I do every day to keep my jaw tension in check…

let me give you a bit of a break down as to why I’m in this situation in the first place about 5 years ago my wisdom tooth started giving me a lot of jip and it was really starting to come through.

Regularly it was giving me pain so I went to the dentist…

It was a bit of confusion as he had a strong accent and I came away believing that if he took out my wisdom tooth there was a 3% chance of paralysis I took that to me facial paralysis this, of course, put the fear into me as I’m a vocal coach…

I’m a singer…

My life is my voice so I came away thinking you know what I will just put up with the jaw tension.

And initially, I thought this was a good idea unfortunately over the next 5 years that tooth carried on coming out and as it did my jaw position got pushed off to one side and I noticed my jaw would lock up. I couldn’t open my mouth properly anymore so as a result, I couldn’t speak as clearly as I should be able to…

As a singer who needs to be very clear in their articulation, this was starting to become a problem for me so I bit the bullet and went back to the dentist (And wasn’t that a fun experience)

So long story short he couldn’t get my whole tooth out so I ended up having the root in there. Who’s ever even heard of that I’ve never heard of that until it was done to me…

It took the guy a long time of yanking on that to get absolutely nowhere…

So he cut the top off…

I am now in the process of allowing the gum to heal back over the top so it’s soup, soup and soup for me at the moment…

But here’s the thing my jaw is back to where it should be so yeah to the jaw position the problem is I now have one side of my face that’s really tense where the muscles have adapted and got used to that incorrect jaw position and one side that’s really relaxed and at the moment as I’m speaking to you right now my cheeks are really tense the problem with that is as I go to talk my teeth keep clashing and it’s giving me a severe toothache on that side which is radiating ride up into my eyeball… nice!

So the objective of these couple of blogs (I don’t know how many they’re going to be) is all about just documenting what I’m doing to get over this jaw tension so here is the first thing I’m doing…

How I’m Releasing my Jaw Tension

1. So I noticed straight away that my neck placement had a huge effect on where my teeth are meeting (and the release of tension in my jaw clenching). So in other words posture so play around with your posture. I noticed if I made the back of my neck feel like it was stretching up to the sky my chin would come in a little and my teeth with meet more at the back (as they should).

When my neck is in such a position that my jaw sticks out it’s the front of my teeth that touch and not the back teeth so play around with this a little bit…

experiment try and get the best possible posture you can and see how that affects how your teeth sit and how your jaw is positioned so that’s the first thing I’ve been playing around with.

My Cheeks Are Tight!

2. My cheeks are so tight (tense). That I can’t speak properly. So in order to release this tension, I am simply dropping my jaw as wide as I can comfortably and pushing in my cheeks with my fingers. One side is very resistant to this gent pushing in which means that this is the cheek that is the tightest. I just only push in for a minute until both sides feel the same, then when I talk straight away after it feels great! The teeth line up and talking is easy…

For a couple of minutes anyway… This at least tells me that the exercise is effective and lastly I am…

A Different Speaking Sensation

3. The other thing I’m doing in order to stop being so mumbly with my talking is an exercise we should all do and that’s too regularly record down your voice and then listen back to it.
What you’re going to notice to start with like I’m feeling right now is that I’m over exaggerating my articulation but I’m always doing that within the confines of total articulation freedom, in other words, I’m not tensing my lips my jaw my tongue my soft palate my throat space in any way but I am allowing a new sensation of dropping my jaw more to become the new sensation of correct speaking.

How do I know it’s a new sensation of correct because I can hear that my words are clearer and I’m gonna use the recording to help me get some feedback on that.

Well, that’s my journey so far but I just want to keep this journey going so you can see how things progress if you have jaw problems then let me know in the comments below what exercises you found to be really beneficial in your rehabilitation to getting that job freedom.

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