Jaw Opening Exercise



Purpose of Exercise:
– Increased hyolaryngeal excursion and cricopharyngeal opening

Medical Contraindications (populations to avoid this exercise):
– History of Jaw or Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) issues

Research Articles:*
– Wada, S., Tohara, H., Iida, T., Inoue, M., Sato, M., & Ueda, K. (2012). Jaw-opening exercise for insufficient opening of upper esophageal sphincter. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93(11), 1995-1999.

*Articles cited are a limited sample only, and there may be other & more recent evidence which supports / contraindicates use of this exercise.


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