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[QUOTE=HalcyonBear;5427167]Also, to help in my efforts to correct my posture I used a loose fitting corset for about 30 mins to an hour when I was feeling particularly slouchy or lopsided. People hate on corsets, but if they fit correctly and you don't lace them tight, it's just an attractive, very sturdy back brace.[/QUOTE]

Yeah, that sounds good. I put a pillow on my chair awhile back to help with my back since I used to have severe back aches in my back that I think were related to depression. But I suppose it helps me a bit to have the right posture.

And I'm noticing that I tend to not have the correct tongue position for when I have my mouth closed while I'm at work. I just find myself having my teeth together & have to keep reminding myself to have teeth apart & tongue on roof of mouth. It's a lot easier to remember when I'm at home, but at work I tend to forget a lot of the time so I feel maybe that's part of the problem for me. I just find it diffucult at times even when I'm home.

And one more thing I notice when I eat chewy foods sometimes it feels like the muscles in my jaw area tend to get tired & sore when I eat. Not really much pain just a soreness type of feeling like the muscles are somehow being overworked or something. It's weird though since it comes & goes. Sometimes when I eat chewy foods I don't get that feeling at all, while other times it's there. This is the most bizarre thing I've ever been put through in my life. It's a huge mystery of what the precise issue is & even doctors have been clueless as to what's wrong.
[QUOTE=NJ321;5427293]Yeah, that sounds good. I put a pillow on my chair awhile back to help with my back since I used to have severe back aches in my back that I think were related to depression. But I suppose it helps me a bit to have the right posture.

And I'm noticing that I tend to not have the correct tongue position for when I have my mouth closed while I'm at work. I just find myself having my teeth together & have to keep reminding myself to have teeth apart & tongue on roof of mouth. It's a lot easier to remember when I'm at home, but at work I tend to forget a lot of the time so I feel maybe that's part of the problem for me. I just find it diffucult at times even when I'm home.

And one more thing I notice when I eat chewy foods sometimes it feels like the muscles in my jaw area tend to get tired & sore when I eat. Not really much pain just a soreness type of feeling like the muscles are somehow being overworked or something. It's weird though since it comes & goes. Sometimes when I eat chewy foods I don't get that feeling at all, while other times it's there. This is the most bizarre thing I've ever been put through in my life. It's a huge mystery of what the precise issue is & even doctors have been clueless as to what's wrong.[/QUOTE]


If it were easy to have perfect posture everyone would do it! haha.

It is ok to have teeth very slightly apart when at rest, kind of just kissing each other is what I've heard is ideal. What you don't want to do (unless you have an acrylic orthotic) is bite too hard or let your teeth hang apart. The acrylic of an orthotic is softer than your teeth, and you'll wear it away before you do any damage to the teeth. You'll still be overworking the masseter a little, but that's better than letting your mouth hang wide open.

If you really are retraining your muscles to function properly then sometimes eating can feel like a chore. If it feels sore like a massage, or a really good workout, that probably means you're doing something right. Just check in with yourself and make sure you're swallowing properly (sweeping motion and not thrusting), chewing on both sides evenly, and whatnot. I'm going through the same thing right now. My maxilla is being expanded at this phase of my treatment, and it's helping me to chew and swallow even more correctly, but eating is EXHAUSTING.

Also, do look up video of and do the myofunctional exercises. They have helped me a lot with tongue posture. I find the "tongue around the world" and the "monkey face" particularly difficult and helpful.





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