Postural Problems

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Pain Solutions, TMJ Symptoms

TMJ Postural Problems Like your mother said: “Stand up straight!” Turns out, your poor posture may not be your fault.
 In general, our overall lifestyle contributes to poor posture. We spend a great portion of our day sitting or performing tasks that require bending forward or lifting. We spend more time watching T.V. and have jobs and hobbies that require …

Numbness in Arms, Hands and Fingers

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Pain Solutions, TMJ Symptoms

Numbness in Arms, Hands, Fingers I have tingling one day then not the next. There is no rhyme or reason . . . The muscles and the nerves in the jaw and face are extremely complex and intricately connected. Because of this, if your bite is unaligned, the nerves and muscles are also affected. This misalignment can result in the …

Shoulder Pain, Back Pain

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Pain Solutions, TMJ Symptoms

Shoulder Pain, Back Pain How your bite can cause back pain A “bad bite” (in dental terms called a malocclusion) often causes an imbalance in the jaw-to-skull relationship, which in turn twists the jaw into a strained position that refers pain to the muscles in the neck, shoulders, and back. (Pain can occur in the upper back as well as …

TMJ Neck Pain & Neck Strain

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Pain Solutions, TMJ Symptoms

TMJ Neck Pain & Strain Neck, back, shoulder pain and ‘muscle recruitment’ Your neck, back and shoulder muscles work as a team. (Seldom does a single muscle work without other muscles in the team joining in.) Often, when muscles are overworked, they will recruit additional muscles to help out. Strained Neck Muscles Affect Posture 1. With the head centered, the …

TMJ Jaw & Teeth Pain

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Pain Solutions, TMJ Symptoms

TMJ Jaw & Teeth Pain You owe a huge dollop of gratitude to your teeth With anything you use daily, over time there is going to be significant wear and tear. The same principle applies to your teeth. Think about it: you use them repeatedly, day-in and day-out. Practically everything you do requires the use of your teeth. Each day, …

Ear Pain, Ringing, Congestion

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Pain Solutions, TMJ Symptoms

Ear pain, Ringing & Congestion Are you coming unglued by your ears? Your ears are driving you crazy; painful, ringing and congested. You’ve been to doctors and specialists with no diagnosis. They’re doing everything right; completing a thorough investigation, sending you for tests, and listening to your symptoms, but they are unable to find the problem.  On top of the …

Facial & Eye Pain

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Pain Solutions, TMJ Symptoms

Facial Pain / Pain Behind the Eyes Pain in your face – you likely have a problem elsewhere… Maybe you feel a ‘stabbing’ pain behind your eyes and it makes it hard to concentrate. The pressure on your sinuses is enough to make you think you are allergic to everything! The slightest touch to your cheeks leaves you reeling from …

Migraines / Headaches

Dr. Michael Westman TMJ Pain Solutions, TMJ Symptoms

TMJ Migraines & Headaches Please make it stop… Many people suffering from chronic headaches and migraines, facial pain and discomfort in their neck, shoulders and back pain aren’t aware that TMJ could be a significant cause. When your temporomandibular joint is out of alignment, the muscles surrounding your face, head and neck are constantly strained. Everything you do causes additional …