On Twitter, there were three of us in the RA "club" who lamented over our preponderance towards the dreaded double-chin.
In my case, it's partially hereditary; shared by my mom, uncle and grand-father.
A friend, who is a speech pathologist, pointed out that I have a slight over-bite; an architectural feature that may influence the confluence of my tempor0mandibular joints (TMJ).
What I'm wondering is how many people with RA double-chins. Could this be the result of TMJ issues which lead to changes our facial features? Let me know your thoughts, please. I plan on asking my rheumatologist about this on my next visit.
Anyway, I've found that doing The Guppy helps considerably.
- Rest head against chair back, so your neck is supported (what not to do in this hastily-taken picture!)
- Slightly tilt your head backwards
- Let your jaw drop open, like a guppy about to feed
- Bring your jaw up, closing your mouth