Wearing a mask doesn't have to be a pain
By now, you are probably getting used to wearing a mask, maybe even for several hours a day. However, you may not be accustomed to some of the aches and pains you may be experiencing since you started wearing a mask. Specifically, you may be feeling jaw pain, neck pain and headaches. And you may be wondering what you can do about it.
Wearing a mask can stress your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. You have one joint on each side of your jaw.
You may be either tensing your jaw or holding it open to help hold your mask on. You may also find yourself clenching your jaw.
The ear loops on some masks pull down on your ears, which can put pressure on the disc situated inside the TMJ. They also tend to pull your whole head forward on your neck. This creates even more pressure on the TMJ.
The resulting muscle imbalances from these postures can alter the alignment of the TMJ that can manifest as pain with closing the mouth or during chewing, headaches and possibly neck pain.
Fortunately, there are some simple ways to manage the aches and pains that may come with wearing a mask:
During the day or at night apply Quanta Muscle Rub to alleviate the pain caused by TMJ. At night we recommend apply the rub to the back of the neck and on the area where the jaw pain subsides. Side effects are a good night's rest and no pain in the morning allowing you to have a happier, more tolerable "Mask" Day.