Katie Pudhorodsky is a licensed massage therapist, practicing in East Austin. She teaches people how to relieve pain in the head, neck and jaw. When the pandemic began, she found a new group of people experiencing head and neck discomfort: mask-wearers. Now, she offers classes online, and offers help to anyone who finds their face coverings aggravating their head and neck pain.
My Mask: How To Keep Face Coverings From Becoming A Pain In The Neck
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“Masks are the new normal, but how you wear them can increase that jaw tension, TMJ disorders or headaches. So, you do want to wear a mask, you just want to wear it smarter.”
“If you’ve got a mask that falls down or slides, and you start to do this – I call it the ‘skooch’ – to skooch the mask back up over your nose because your hands are busy doing another project, that’s the equivalent of grinding the teeth.”