Jaw Tension. Oof.
To varying degrees, it's pretty common. It's something I encounter often in my voice studio. And I'm a jaw tension sufferer, as well. Let's talk about where jaw tension might come from, what we can do to prevent it, and what we can do to treat it.
Of course, I'm not a doctor. If you have a lot of jaw pain or jaw malfunction, such as your jaw locking in either the open or shut position, please consult your dental and medical professionals.
A few possible causes of jaw tension can include:
Maybe you read through that list and thought of several possibilities for your personal tension; maybe not. This is not an exhaustive list. Just a few of the most common.
So what can you do? Well, like I said before, you should always feel like you can discuss your jaw tension and pain with medical professionals. But maybe you feel like your jaw pain isn't intense enough or even consistent enough to warrant that right now.
Practical lifestyle changes to ease jaw tension:
For my singers, I've worked with my brother, who is a doctor and also suffers from jaw tension (genetics, anyone) and sings, and we've come up with some jaw exercises for you. Below are 10 exercises. If you want to do them all in one go, great! I recommend doing these regularly if you really want to see an improvement. You could split them into 2 groups of 5 and do each group every other day.
Jaw tension is something that plagues many singers, as well as other musicians and non-musicians alike. Hopefully these tips and tricks help you navigate your own jaw tension journey and assist you in freeing your voice.
We'd love to hear how they help you and if you have any of your own tips and tricks to share!