Jaw pain is a common problem and for many it is compounded with the other symptoms of temporomandibular jaw disorder (TMD). Those symptoms can include pain that radiates to the ear and neck, loss of range of jaw movement, a clicking or grinding sound when opening and closing the mouth, and other symptoms. What causes jaw pain and is there a natural way to deal with the pain?
The Causes of Jaw Pain
Jaw pain can be caused by anything from tensed face muscles due to emotional stress to an injury. In fact, a study was recently perform involving 89 patients with TMD. It revealed that most patients begin experiencing jaw pain after an injury. The injury does not always necessarily have to be to the jaw. Head and neck trauma may precede issues with pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Why are neck injuries a common precursor to jaw pain?
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Help for Jaw Pain in Redmond, Washington
At Back in Balance, we use the NUCCA technique to identify and correct misalignments of the atlas (C1) vertebra. This can be a potential underlying cause of jaw pain. When the atlas is out of position, it can affect the muscles in the neck as well as in the face. Swelling in the TMJ may result, and this can lead to pain as well as the other symptoms of TMD.
Your neck may be the underlying cause of the pain, even if you are not experiencing neck pain as well. If your jaw hurts and you have experienced head or neck trauma in the past, it is a good idea to have a proper examination performed on the neck to see if a misalignment exists. If so, you may have just found the natural help for jaw pain that you have been searching for.
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