Are you plagued by TMJ neck and shoulder pain?

Your neck and shoulders are killing you. You’ve taken painkillers, gone to the chiropractor, and had x-rays taken by your primary physician and no one has any answers.

If your neck pain and shoulder pain don’t go away soon, you’re going to scream. It’s got to the point that you’ve stopped doing the things that you love because the pain is too much.

What you don’t realize is you may be suffering from the same problem that troubles millions of Americans. Your pain could stem from a TMJ disorder and your jaw.

What does your neck pain and shoulder pain have to do with your…bite?

The jaw, while extremely powerful, is delicate as well. When your bite is misaligned, or there has been any kind of injury, the temporomandibular joint is out of balance. As a result too much pressure has been placed on the entire mechanism. If inflammation strikes, many  bothersome symptoms can occur.

The temporomandibular joint connects the lower and upper jaw. It should allow seamless motion as the mouth opens and closes countless times a day for eating, yawning, or talking. However, many problems can affect this vital joint. When the joint is out of alignment, the strong muscles and ligaments surrounding the jaw endure a great deal of strain, often becoming inflamed. This is the point when your body tells you something is wrong.

TMJ disorders can cause disruptions to your body as strain is placed on your jaw and your jaw muscles attempt to correct the problem. Pain can emanate throughout your jaw, to your ears, and cause severe headaches. Neck pain and shoulder pain are common as well as the nerves in your body are put to the test and they  favour your jaw. You need to get to the source of the pain.

Say goodbye to neck pain and shoulder pain. Dr. Ana Brightleaf, Santa Monica TMJ dentist, is highly experienced in neuromuscular dentistry. Using a combination of the latest advances in the field and holistic measures, she can properly diagnose a TMJ disorder in order to recommend treatment alternatives. From warm compresses and medication to physical therapy and an oral appliance worn at night, TMJ relief can be yours.