Is your jaw giving you a headache?
If you experience frequent headaches, it is important to determine the source of the problem. Several factors, such as an insufficient amount of sleep and stress, can contribute to headaches. However, your jaw may actually be to blame for the headaches you experience.
Your temporomandibular joint, also known as TMJ, connects your jaw to your skull. This joint gives you the ability to speak, yawn and chew. The supporting muscles of this joint can also be the main source of your headaches.
There are many tips to ease headache and jaw pain. The following are a few things you can do to find relief for headaches and jaw pain:
Your physician can help you create a treatment plan for managing your headache pain. Treatments may include pain medication or visits with a physical therapist, massage therapist or chiropractor to help stretch tight jaw muscles. These stretching techniques can slow the progression of a headache and ultimately prevent it from developing into a migraine.
You can also use a dental appliance, such as a mouth guard, to alleviate the symptoms associated with jaw and headache pain. By using a dental appliance, you can reduce the effects associated with tooth clenching and grinding. This approach can help improve your bite and also helps the lower jaw to fall properly into the temporomandibular joint socket. Talk to your dentist about selecting a mouth guard and other dental treatments that can help address jaw and headache pain.
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