Is Teeth Grinding Causing You Neck Pain?

Teeth grinding causing neck painDo you wake up in the morning with an aching jaw?  Some people are unaware that they grind their teeth at night. If you suffer from any of these, it’s possible that grinding your teeth is causing it:

  • Clicking or popping of the jaw

  • Bruxism (Clenching or grinding the teeth)

  • Tooth pain

  • Headaches/migraines

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

  • Neck or shoulder pain

  • Ear aches

  • Dizziness

  • Jaw muscle stiffness or pain

What causes this?

The TMJ, or Temporo-mandibular joint, is a hinge joint where your jaw bone articulates with the temporal bones of the skull. It’s pretty important as its movements allows us to chew, speak and swallow food!

We move our mouth literally thousands of times everyday, its also common for people to clench the jaw when under stress. So its easy to see how tension can build up in this area.

Dysfunction of the TMJ can cause many seemingly unrelated problems, most commonly headaches and neck pain. People who find themselves clenching or grinding their teeth either during sleep or throughout the day can expect to experience more of these problems.

Headaches and neck pain can be linked to pressure on nerves that pass through or are close to the TMJ. These nerves innervate many of the muscles of the face, head and neck, effecting their position and in turn a persons posture. This is just one of many examples showing how the jaw can play a major role in common muscular complaints.

TMJ dysfunction can fortunately be effectively treated with massage and can give much needed relief to those who suffer from any of the above symptoms.

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