Having a sore jaw muscles on one side, or any side for that matter is incredibly frustrating and usually quite painful.If you're not already aware, having a sore jaw is one of the symptoms of a jaw condition called TMJ syndrome. Now you may not have TMJ, but chances are pretty high. It's a very common condition that affects millions of people worldwide and is quite hard to treat.

If you've got a sore jaw on one side it's probably because the tendons and ligaments in your jaw are either too tight or too loose. This causes part of your jaw to be displaced or misaligned and results in pain or clicking of the jaw.

The tension and pressure in your jaw is usually the results of stress, bad habits or previous trauma to the jaw area. Unfortunately there isn't really a quick fix for TMJ, it's something you have to manage. But if your looking for a few things you can try out right now, then I've got you covered.

Improve Your Posture:

Try this right now, assuming that your sitting at your computer, straighten your back and neck and make sure your shoulders are back. If you were sitting with poor posture, you should notice a slight relaxation of the jaw, which is a good thing. Trying to relax your jaw as much as possible should be your main goal.

Try TMJ Exercises:

TMJ exercises are stretches, massages and jaw exercises that aid the jaw. They can be done fairly quickly and easily and have been proven to actually permanently cure TMJ in some patients. One such exercises involves simply sliding the bottom half of your from from right to left in a controlled manner, do this about 10-15 times.

If this is too easy and doesn't hurt at all, add resistance to your jaw by lightly applying pressure against the side of your jaw when you slide. Make sure to do this in the mirror at the start so you can check that your moving your jaw at the correct angle, it should be horizontal.

These two things might seem insignificant, but they can help your jaw out dramatically if you do them consistently. Also try to reduce the amount of stress you encounter in your day to day life and balance it out with regular sessions where you take time to relax. To do this just close your eyes and breathe slowly for 3-5 minutes. You'll be surprised how good you feel after doing this, not only your jaw, your overall well-being should improve.