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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 stress on those muscles and that joint. Even when you are relaxing, the muscles are not ‘resting’ in their natural position and excess stress is added (due to the misaligned joint).

All this additional strain on the muscles in your head, face, and neck can lead to headaches, TMJ migraines and irritation and soreness in all those connected muscles.

These headaches will be the end of me

When your muscles are relentlessly strained or squeezed, it can result in tension headaches. TMJ headaches can also be caused by a build-up of blood pressure. When the muscles in your face, head, and neck are strained, they prevent blood from flowing to the correct places. When this happens, your body attempts to correct the problem by sending more blood to the area, which increases blood pressure. This feeling of pressure around the head (called a vascular headache) can be exceptionally painful.

One of the most common complaints from TMJ sufferers is migraines and headaches. These are most often felt in your temple area, behind the eyes and at the back of the head, with the pain radiating to your neck and shoulders. TMJ migraines and headaches are often felt on one side of your head and are usually accompanied with visual disturbances and extreme sensitivity to light.

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