A SURPRISING CAUSE OF MUSCLE PAIN, MIGRAINES, EAR RINGING, AND MORE
If you’re someone who’s currently experiencing headaches, migraines, neck pain, jaw pain, or even a ringing in your ears, it may very well be due to having a jaw that is out of position. These are some of the many symptoms that people can experience when their jaw joint is out of position, which is the result of having what’s called a ‘bad bite‘ and is often the cause of the pain being felt in various parts of the body.
Because you can experience various types of muscle pain throughout your entire body, the pains may seem unrelated. This is why it’s important for people who are experiencing muscle pain, as well as stiffness or tingling in any part of their body to understand that it could all stem from the position of the jaw. Because being in pain can be very frustrating as it can make it difficult for you to perform your everyday activities, it’s definitely worthwhile for you to see if your multiple muscle pains are indeed related to your having a misaligned bite.
YOUR BITE AFFECTS MORE THAN JUST YOUR TEETH AND JAW
Having a bad bite, which means that your teeth are not meshing together correctly, can easily lead to your jaw not being in its proper position. When this happens it tends to put a lot of stress on the jaw joints, as well as many of the other muscles that are connected to your jaw. This unexpected and increased stress tends to transfer to other muscle groups and can cause these symptoms:
- back pain
- shoulders pain
- neck pain
- ear ringing
- eye pain
NEUROMUSCULAR DENTISTRY: A MULTIDIMENSIONAL APPROACH
Neuromuscular Dentistry looks at jaw joint problems from a brand new perspective. The goal of Neuromuscular Dentistry is to make the necessary adjustments to one’s mouth and jaw in order to make sure that their teeth are able to mesh together like they’re supposed to. These adjustments involve the use of orthotics, which are specially-made mouthpieces that can help to realign the jaw. It’s also possible that a full mouth reconstruction may be necessary, which is going to depend on the severity of the misaligned jaw. Implants, crowns and bonding options may also be used to correct the bite. Orthodontics are another option that can be used in order to realign the bite, ensuring that the teeth mesh together correctly. All of these options are going to not only correct the jaw misalignment, they could also relieve all of the other painful symptoms one may be experiencing, as well.
Additional Neuromuscular Dentistry options include:
- Using a TENS machine, which is a treatment that allows your jaw muscles to relax by placing electrodes that emit a mild electrical stimulation on your jaw, neck and shoulder areas. This relaxation technique is extremely helpful when it comes to finding the optimal bite position, and is used often to correct problems with jaw position.
- The K-7 Evaluation System helps us to measure muscle relaxation or tension with the use of electrodes placed on various muscles throughout the body. The muscles that are measured are related to how the jaw moves, and will be measured with the jaw in different positions. This system helps us to position the orthotic, and measure the effect it is having on the jaw and muscles in the body.
FIND OUT HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
In order to determine the exact cause of your symptoms, you’re going to first need a complete evaluation. After this initial assessment, we can then come up with the best course of action that’s going to help relieve your symptoms so you can start performing your everyday activities pain free.