Introducing the Air Cushioned TMJ Exerciser

E-Z Flex II is a TMJ exerciser and jaw exercise treatment, developed as a passive motion device designed to restore normal range of motion and function to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and jaw.  It is designed specifically for treating TMJ symptoms and TMJ disorders by targeting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and surrounding muscles.

The unique use of flexible tubing and an air pump provides therapeutic passive motion to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that is gentle, safe and easy to use with total control by the user.  Passive motion occurs when joint mobilization is powered by a force other than one generated by the normal muscles.

This concept of passive motion in TMJ joint rehabilitation is based on over 40 years of orthopedic research that has shown that motion is essential for the restoration of function in all joints.  Orthopedists have been using passive motion devices to rehabilitate joints throughout the body, and the principles of passive motion are directly applicable to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and mandibular function.

(Israel H, Syrop S:  The Important Role of Motion in the Rehabilitation of Patients with Mandibular Hypomobility:  A Review of the Literature.  J Craniomandib Practice 5(1):74-83, 1997).

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Who Should Use E-Z Flex II?

 

Treat TMJ Symptoms

E-Z Flex II is an air cushioned TMJ exerciser that is designed to restore range of motion and function to the jaw.  There are numerous TMJ symptoms and jaw-related symptoms that E-Z Flex II can provide assistance in treating:

1.  TMJ pain, jaw pain, ear pain, head pain
2.  Clenching of the teeth, grinding of the teeth
3.  Joint and jaw noises – clicking, popping, crackling noises
4.  Jaw pain with chewing
5.  Headaches in the temple region, pain in the temples
6.  Headaches in the morning upon awakening
7.  Limitation in jaw opening, limitation of mouth opening

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Treat TMJ Disorders & Related Conditions

There are numerous jaw conditions and TMJ disorders in which E-Z Flex II is a recommended treatment:

1.  Disorders of the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

2.  Jaw muscle disorders from muscle spasm, clenching, bruxism (grinding of teeth), muscle stress & strain

3.  Rehabilitation of jaw mobility and function following jaw surgery:  TMJ surgery – arthroscopy, arthrotomy, TMJ arthrocentesis (joint irrigation), orthognathic surgery (correction of skeletal jaw disorders)

4.  Rehabilitation of jaw mobility and function from trauma (following the healing phase)

5.  Rehabilitation of jaw mobility and function following trismus from:  Dental/facial infection, Dental injection

6.  Maintenance of jaw mobility and function:  during and after radiation therapy to the head and neck, certain intra-cranial (brain) surgeries

Warnings and Cautions

1.  A variety of serious conditions may cause jaw pain and/or decreased jaw opening. The use of E-Z Flex II is not a substitute for a careful medical/dental evaluation prior to its use. All individuals with symptoms of jaw pain, limited opening or other symptoms of jaw dysfunction should undergo a thorough evaluation by a qualified healthcare provider before using E-Z Flex II.

2.  Individuals with dental problems, dental implants, crowns, bridges, loose teeth, gum and periodontal problems, complete dentures or removable dentures, should consult a dentist prior to using E-Z Flex II.

3.  Individuals who have been treated with radiation therapy to the jaws, head and neck region must consult their physician and dentist prior to the use of E-Z Flex II.

4.  If the user experiences unexpected pain at any time during the use of E-Z Flex II, its use should be stopped immediately and the treating doctor must be consulted.

Contraindications

E-Z Flex II should not be used in individuals who have diagnosed or undiagnosed fractures of the upper jaw, lower jaw and facial bones. Individuals with the following conditions should not use E-Z Flex II: osteomyelitis of the upper/lower jaw, osteonecrosis of the upper/lower jaw, and other pathologic conditions of the jaw bone (cysts, tumors).

How does one use E-Z Flex II?
Why choose E-Z Flex II?

How Does One Use E-Z Flex II?

 

Instructions on How to Treat TMJ, Jaw Pain & Improve Range of Motion

Below is a quick overview on how to use E-Z Flex II to improve TMJ jaw pain & mandibular range of motion, including some basic step-by-step instructions. You can view the full instructions for using E-Z Flex II by clicking here. This instructional packet will show you how to treat TMJ symptoms and disorders in a step-by-step manner.

You can also watch an instructional video for more visual instructions and further information:
 

 

1.  Become familiar with the various components of the E-Z Flex II.  The mouthpiece has cushioned platforms for the teeth and there are elastics to keep the jaw device in a closed position.

2.  The syringe is used for pumping air into the mouthpiece, permitting the upper and lower parts of the mouthpiece to gently separate and provide passive jaw opening.

3.  The 3 way stop-cock has a long lever.  The direction that lever faces will block air from passing through that location.

4.  To use the device first AIR must be drawn into the syringe.  Remove the blue stopper located in the 3 o’clock position.  Turn the lever to the 9 o’clock position and pull the plunger on the syringe downward to allow air to fill the syringe.

5.  Turn the lever to the 3 o’clock position and place the blue stopper back into position.

6.  Place the E-Z Flexor mouthpiece in your mouth with the upper front teeth and lower front teeth resting on the cushions.

7.  Slowly apply pressure to the plunger of the syringe with your fingers to allow the AIR to be transferred to the mouthpiece.  The upper and lower members of the mouthpiece will separate and your jaw will slowly and gently begin to open.

8.  Gradually apply pressure to the plunger of the syringe until your mouth opens as widely as possible WITHOUT discomfort, pain or resistance.  Hold the mouth open in this position for 5 seconds.

9.  Release pressure on the plunger allowing the mouth to slowly close.  Wait 5 seconds and then repeat the preceding instructions 6-8 (above).  Continue this passive motion exercise for 5 minutes.

10.  Perform this 5 minute passive motion exercise 3-4 times daily.

11.  HELPFUL HINT:  applying warm moist compresses to the right & left jaw for 5 minutes before and during passive motion exercise sessions is helpful in loosening tense jaw muscles. A head wrap with hot/cold packs during these exercises is very helpful.  Ice packs can be inserted to replace the hot packs at the end of the session.   Determine whether hot or cold compresses feel better.  Both of these methods are interchangeable.
 
Who should use E-Z Flex II?
Why choose E-Z Flex II?
 

Why Choose E-Z Flex II?

 

What Makes E-Z Flex II Different Than
Other TMJ Treatments & Jaw Motion Devices?

E-Z Flex II is designed specifically for treating TMJ symptoms and TMJ disorders by targeting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and surrounding jaw muscles.  The unique use of flexible tubing and an air pump provides therapeutic passive motion to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that is gentle, safe and easy to use with total control by the user.

E-Z Flex II is unique and offers great advantages over other exercise devices:

  1. Air cushioned force is safe, gentle and flexible.
  2. Safety stops enable controlled progress toward improved jaw opening and function.
  3. Modified syringe hand pump allows user to have hands in a relaxed natural position away from the mouth during use.
  4. User can visually measure progress while using the device providing immediate feedback and control.
  5. Sustained stretch can be achieved without pressing on hand pump.
  6. Jaw muscle strengthening, with closure against gentle resistance can be performed by removing elastics.
  7. Unique system of elastics permits control of jaw muscle toning.  The more elastics that are removed, creates greater resistance to jaw closure, permitting a controlled progression of toning the muscles of the jaw.

Who should use E-Z Flex II?
How does one use E-Z Flex II?
 

Have you been diagnosed with TMD or a TMJ disorder?
Do you suffer from jaw & facial pain, tension headaches?
Do you hear noise in your jaw or have jaw soreness?
Do you experience jaw fatigue or jaw discomfort?
Do you have difficulty chewing or limitation when opening your mouth widely?
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms above then E-Z Flex II ™ may be the right treatment right for you!


E-Z Flex II is a TMJ exercise treatment, developed by a Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon and TMJ expert who is recognized nationally and internationally for expertise in the field of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

If you want to know more about the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon who developed E-Z Flex II based on orthopedic principles and research, please click here.
Instructional video about E-Z Flex II