“Stop slouching!” your mother would always say when you were a kid. And here you thought she was saying that just to nag you.
Turns out mother knows best when it comes to not only table manners, but also decreasing the pain you feel on a daily basis due to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
When it comes to your posture, it’s really all about ergonomics. That is to say, making sure the equipment you use while working (desk, chair) and devices you engage with (keyboard, mouse) all conform to the natural movements of the human body.
You wouldn’t sit in a chair for eight hours at work each day that didn’t allow your feet to touch the ground, right? You wouldn’t use a keyboard down by your knees either, would you? That’s because positions that are unnatural to the body put unnecessary stress on it. If you suffer from TMJ disorder, you can trace this stress and strain directly back to your jaw.
When you slouch over or have to reach too far at your desk to engage with a mouse, for example, the muscles in your jaw, neck, and shoulder try to compensate for this awkward body positioning by providing resistance. This means your muscles are pulling backward in an effort to realign yourself. Just think of all that strain going on in your upper body. That’s about the last thing you need if you have TMJ disorder.
This is why you need to take a good hard look at your posture whether you’re at work, in the car, or watching TV at home. Poor posture will throw your body out of whack in a heartbeat, and the typical result is a throbbing, painful TMJ.
Start tweaking your posture for the better by making sure you always have both feet flat on the ground when sitting at a desk. Use a mouse quite often? Purchase an ergonomically correct pad. And make sure you’re not reaching out too far when using it.
If you’re looking for a comprehensive guide to help you attain perfect posture, try checking out our in-depth program. There’s an easy-to-use checklist that will have your TMJ feeling better right away.
Until next time!