TMJ disorders and Headaches, are they related?
Are you suffering from headaches? Do you have neck pain, jaw pain, vertigo, sinus conditions, allergies, ear troubles or facial pain? Have you had your temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) evaluated for structural instability or misalignment by a qualified specialist?
If you have any of these symptoms or have had any major dental procedures and suspect you may have a TMJ disorder, it may behoove you to see a musculoskeletal specialist proficient in this area.
When your TMJ is out of normal position, the response of our innately intelligent body is to create muscle spasms in the area to stabilize the area. Muscle spasms protect us from going further out of alignment, actually trying to pull us back into a normal alignment. The reason muscle spasms cause problems is two fold:
- They are seen as an inefficient use of energy and fibrotic scar tissue develops to bind adjacent fibers to minimize energy expenditures.
- The pathways of the nerves and blood vessels that travel through these muscles are diminished in size, resulting in disrupted “flow”.
Taking anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers and pain killers are typically the first choice of doctors who are treating the symptoms of these conditions. This treats the result of the condition but does nothing for the joint out of alignment itself. Having the misalignment addressed with specific and precise treatment is necessary.
Seeing a TMJ qualified Doctor of Chiropractic is typically your best answer. In western PA, WV or OH, FESTA CHIROPRACTIC offers you this treatment and we look forward to helping you with this or other conditions.