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How To Strengthen The Temple Muscles?

recently i have dental braces. in august, i noticed that my temple sunk. i went to see a neurosurgeon and he said the muscles on the temples weakened. i need to chew. question: will the muscles rebuild? how long? are there other things i should do aside from chewing gums? i have been chewing and chewing gums for 5 to 6 weeks already, but there s minimal result. i can still see the bones sticking out and i look like an alien. please help. thanks.
Mon, 13 Apr 2020
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Hello,

In my opinion, yes chewing gums can help but it is a type of concentric exercise which is less effective than isometric strengthening, which helps more muscle firing according to recent researches. You can use some kind of soft baby teether to practice isometric strengthening by pressing on for 5 to 10 seconds and relax for the same period and repeat many times daily.

Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Ayman Darrag, Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist
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How To Strengthen The Temple Muscles?

Hello, In my opinion, yes chewing gums can help but it is a type of concentric exercise which is less effective than isometric strengthening, which helps more muscle firing according to recent researches. You can use some kind of soft baby teether to practice isometric strengthening by pressing on for 5 to 10 seconds and relax for the same period and repeat many times daily. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Ayman Darrag, Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist