Lips together, teeth apart during the day. Use a small piece of tissue between your teeth as a reminder. Remember, you cannot stress the muscles of your face or put pressure on your jaw joints (TMJ’s) or teeth unless you clinch your teeth together.
Place bags of frozen peas or other ice bags on the sore muscles of your face. Frozen pea bags may also be placed at the base of your skull on the back of your neck if you have neck or head pain.
Do not chew gum or hard foods.
Wear your splint when sleeping.
Stretching exercises are good. Relaxation techniques throughout the day are good. Moderate exercise is good. A healthy diet and distilled water (like Ozarka bottled water) is good. Vitamin and mineral supplements are good (if you do not have these, we have the best vitamin and mineral supplements for muscle fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and muscle trigger points in our office).
Take muscle relaxants if prescribed.
Try to sleep on your back with a large pillow under your knees. A pillow under your shoulders, propping your head and shoulders up, may also be beneficial.