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The Power of Pre and Post-Operative Exercise Therapy for Jaw Surgery

Preparing for jaw surgery requires careful consideration and planning. One aspect that should not be overlooked is the significant role of pre-surgical exercise therapy. 


Pre-surgical exercise therapy plays a crucial role in establishing proper mechanics and function in the jaw joint before undergoing surgery. By engaging in targeted exercises and manual therapy, patients can address muscle imbalances, improve range of motion, and optimize joint stability. This preparation helps reduce the risk of complications during surgery and enhances the overall success of the procedure.


Manual therapy techniques such as massage and stretching are often utilized in pre-surgical exercise therapy to loosen tight muscles and improve joint mobility. These techniques help alleviate muscle tension, reduce pain, and enhance the effectiveness of targeted exercises. Manual therapy prepares the muscles and joints for the upcoming surgery, making it easier to perform the exercises required for a successful recovery.



Once the jaw surgery is complete, exercise therapy continues to play a vital role in the recovery process. Some key benefits include:


  1. Promoting Healing: Targeted exercises can improve blood circulation to the surgical site, facilitating the healing process and reducing inflammation.


  2. Restoring Function: Specific exercises help regain jaw mobility, restore muscle strength, and improve overall jaw function.


  3. Breaking into Muscle Memory: Consistent exercise routines help train the muscles and break them into muscle memory, improving long-term function and stability.


Exercises to Aid Recovery: Here are some exercises and techniques that can aid in the recovery process after jaw surgery:


  1. Jaw Opening and Closing: Gently open and close your mouth, progressing from smaller to larger movements as tolerated.


  2. Jaw Side-to-Side Movement: Move your jaw from side to side, gradually increasing the range of motion.


  3. Tongue Exercises: Incorporate exercises that engage the tongue, as it plays a crucial role in jaw mechanics and stability.


Consistency is key when it comes to exercise therapy for jaw surgery. Follow the prescribed exercise routine provided by your healthcare professional and track your progress along the way. Set realistic goals and celebrate milestones to stay motivated throughout the recovery process.


To better understand jaw surgery and the role of exercise therapy, it's important to comprehend the mechanics of the jaw. The jaw joint allows for various movements, including opening, closing, and side-to-side motions. The muscles surrounding the jaw, along with the tongue, work together to achieve proper function and stability.


Pre-surgical exercise therapy and postoperative exercise therapy are instrumental in optimizing outcomes for jaw surgery. By establishing proper mechanics before surgery and engaging in targeted exercises during recovery, patients can minimize complications, improve function, and enhance overall well-being. Consult with a healthcare professional to develop a personalized exercise plan tailored to your specific needs. Embrace the power of exercise therapy and embark on a successful journey towards improved jaw function and quality of life.


Note: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and should not replace professional medical advice.

Integrative Orofacial Functional Medicine & Recovery

Integrative Orofacial Functional Medicine & Recovery

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