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When Your Jaw Triggers a Headache

woman with aching head with both hands on headIf you have a throbbing headache, it’s unlikely you’d think about the possible involvement of your jaw. But many who have been diagnosed with tension headaches actually have an issue with their temporomandibular joint. Or TMJ for short.

The TMJ is made up of two bones, the temporal bone and condyle. They join your lower jaw to your skull, right below both ears. The joint consists of bones, muscles, and nerves. Place your index finger just in front of your ears. Open and close your mouth. The movement you feel under your fingertips is your TMJ in action.

The muscles that permit us to open and close our mouth are common headache culprits. This is especially true if you tend to grind or clench your teeth.

Think of the TMJ as a “hinge” that allows you to talk, laugh and chew, permitting your jaw to move up and down and even side to side.

Due to the hinge and sliding motions, the TMJ is one of the more complicated joints in the body. Besides headaches, you may experience an inability to fully open your mouth. Or you may hear popping and clicking sounds, have chewing problems, facial pain, earache and even dizziness.

Because the TMJ is a joint, it can often respond to traditional chiropractic adjusting techniques.

For many, chiropractic care has proven to be helpful in alleviating the symptoms of TMJ. We can locate spinal misalignments and conduct appropriate range-of-motion and mobility tests. We can often create a care plan that does not rely on the use of medications or surgery to correct your condition.

Can we help you? Let’s find out.

That starts with a thorough examination. Our objective is to uncover the neurological and structural issues that may be causing your TMJ issue. If we can help, we’ll outline a care plan designed to produce the best results in the shortest amount of time. And if we can’t help, we’ll recommend someone who can.

Ring us today and find out if our drug-free solution could help you.

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