Neck exercises to relieve ear canal pressure can be used in conjunction with medications and your doctor's recommendations when you have ear canal pressure. In addition to pressure caused by ear aches and infections, some canal pressure can result from temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, disorder and other joint-related ailments. Basic neck exercises will help loosen the muscles surrounding your jaw, which can indirectly relieve canal pressure.
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Ear barotrauma is caused by a change in pressure with respect to the middle of your ear and the outside environment. This is commonly seen on planes during the ascent and descent. In addition to swallowing, chewing gum and yawning, individuals can perform certain neck exercises to help release pressure in the ear. Start by dropping your jaw, placing both of your hands on the sides of your neck. As you lower your jaw, exhale slowly, keeping your fingers on your neck and under your jaw to make sure you are properly lowering your jaw. Breath in and out deeply several times while in this position.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
This neck exercise and massage is designed to relieve pressure in your ear as well as to relieve ear aches. Lie down on your side with your legs straight and arms at your sides. Place your index and middle fingers firmly behind your jaw bone and under your ear. Slide down your neck, applying pressure on the region as you slide down. Repeat this five to 10 times on both sides of your neck before stopping.
This neck exercise will help improve range of motion in your neck, indirectly helping you reduce ear canal pressure during changes in external pressure. Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor and arms at your sides. Take your right hand and place it directly behind your neck and the base of your skull. From there, apply light pressure to the back of your head. Resist this pressure by keeping your head in the same position. Repeat until fatigued.
Neck Rotation Exercise
This exercise can help you reduce ear canal pressure by loosening up your jaw and neck muscles. Sit up straight up with both of your feet on the ground. From here, slowly rotate your head and neck to the right, continuing to rotate until your head is parallel with your right shoulder. Slowly return to your original position and repeat, going both ways until fatigued. As you improve, place a hand on your neck to provide slight rotation during your exercise.