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.
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