The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) may not be mentioned in normal conversation, but you wouldn't be able to open or close your mouth without it. The TMJ is one of the most unique joints in your body, allowing for the backward, forward and side-to-side movement of your jaw. When something goes wrong with the TMJ, you can develop a TMJ disorder, which is often to blame for the most common pain in your jaw or near the ears.
Although the discomfort can go away on its own, many people have found that TMJ exercises help ease the irritation. Here are some of them.