Headaches and TMJ


Headaches

One of the most common condition we are asked questions about is headaches.  Headaches can be caused by a many different things.  But most commonly headaches come from simple triggers such as stress, muscle tension, hormonal or neurological triggers-like in migraines, and sinus related conditions.  In our office, it is our goal to determine what the cause of the headache is and if chiropractic will be an appropriate care option for correcting the headache.  In most cases in our office, chiropractic care is very successful at eliminating the tension headache, reducing triggers for migraine headache, and can even improve sinus drainage to improve sinus headaches.  Most patients tell us that they do not like to take medications to control headaches and often also suffer from sleep disturbances from headaches.  We are able to offer them a drug-free treatment that can often eliminate the headaches, and in almost all cases, patients report improved sleep as a result of care in our office.

 

TMJ

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ disorders) are problems or symptoms of the chewing muscles and joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull.  There several conditions that can contribute to TMJ dysfunction.  We have often found that commonly the cause of a patient’s TMJ pain can be linked back to problems with the joint function in the upper spine.  When there is loss of proper structure, alignment, and motion in the upper spine it puts additional stress and results in dysfunctional movement of the articulating joints of the skull-mainly the Temporal Mandibular Joint.  As this stress accumulates in the TMJ area it results in muscle spasm, grinding, pain, and sometimes locking of the joint.  By restoring proper function in the spine and restoring proper biomechanics of the skull and cervical spine, we can effectively reduce stress, strain, and dysfunction in the TMJ.  In cases, where other factors may be contributing the a patients TMJ pain and dysfunction, such as dental conditions, bite misalignments, and/or jaw dysfunction we can refer a patient to another qualified professional for further analysis.

 

Common Headache & TMJ Conditions We Treat:

Common Headache

Tension Headache

Cluster Headache

Migraine Headache

Sinus Headache

Generalized Head/Muscle Pain

Sleep Disturbances

Sinus Pain