Neck and Jaw Pain
Neck pain is bad enough; throw in jaw pain and it’s like adding insult to injury! Neck and jaw pain frequently appear together because the muscles from the neck run up into the lower jaw. Tightness in either area affects the other, so your jaw pain can literally become a pain in the neck. Find out how millions have found natural relief for both their jaw and neck pain.
TMJ: Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
The temporomandibular joints connect your moveable lower jaw to the stationary upper jaw just below your ears. Bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, blood vessels and nerves make up these joints. There are two types of TMJ – one is muscle related, the other is joint related. If your jaw pain is combined with neck pain, you may have myogenous (muscle related) TMJ. This simply means that the muscles of the jaw joints have been overworked or stressed, which causes muscle tightness and nerve irritation that results in pain.
Other Jaw and Neck Pain Causes
Actually, most jaw pain doesn’t stem from temporomandibular joint problems; other causes of neck and jaw pain include:
- Misaligned neck joint(s)
- Disc bulging or degeneration in the neck
- Bone spurs in the neck
Stress, whether emotional, physical or chemical, can cause the muscles of the neck to tighten involuntarily. This tension may be localized in the neck, or it may affect other connecting muscles, like those in the shoulders, back or jaw. Read on to learn about a natural solution!
Neck and Jaw Pain and Stress
Three types of stress affect us: emotional stress (also called mental stress) is the kind of stress that comes from worry, grief and anger, for example; chemical stress is caused by taking in toxins of any kind, from preservatives and insecticides in foods, to tobacco smoke, pollen or medication; and physical stresses are actions that directly affect the mechanics of the body, like clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, sleeping with your neck twisted or rounding over your desk.
The effects of physical stress are obvious, but chemical and especially emotional stress tend to show up in areas of the body that are already overworked and fatigued – typically the neck! Tight muscles can exacerbate misaligned facet joints in the neck, and irritate the nerves in the area, resulting in the stiff neck and jaw pain you’re just aching to be rid of.
Treating the symptoms, as most traditional medical approaches do, means relieving the pain (usually with drugs) without consideration of the underlying causes. This means the symptoms just come back again and again.
Neck and Jaw Pain Relief – Without Drugs!
“Chiropractic has had remarkable success with neck and jaw pain, without the use of drugs,” observes a busy chiropractor in Yakima, WA.
Kirkland chiropractors are ready to help you now.
Chiropractic is the leading alternative health field in the world, thanks to its natural approach in working with the body’s inherent healing capabilities. Highly educated, specially trained chiropractic doctors are skilled in addressing the underlying causes of symptoms, rather than looking only at the symptoms. When the cause of your neck and jaw pain is corrected, the symptoms are relieved – often permanently.
Call one of our compassionate, qualified ChooseNatural.com chiropractors (with so many, there’s sure to be one in your neighborhood) and schedule an appointment today. You may be surprised to discover your chiropractor is truly interested – in both you and your symptoms. Once the doctor has a thorough understanding of what you’re going through, and if you’re a good candidate for chiropractic, he or she will examine you –you may be surprised again at how thorough the exam is – then give you the rundown on what turned up and the proposed plan of attack. Next, your chiropractor will gently correct any areas that have deviated from their proper positioning, by providing safe, accurate chiropractic adjustments. Restoring proper alignment allows normal nerve function to return. No results can be guaranteed, but millions have found relief from neck and jaw pain with chiropractic.
If you’re new to chiropractic, you may not have heard that chiropractic care is covered by most insurance, and enjoys federal and state recognition. Chiropractors are licensed and subject to continuing education requirements.
It’s up to you: You can live with the pain in your neck and jaw, or you can take action today to relieve it once and for all by calling a ChooseNatural.com chiropractor. Make the call!
Most jaw pain is muscle-related and exacerbated by stress. For some people, the temporomandibular joint itself may be compromised, resulting in a locked jaw, clicking sounds in the joint, difficulty chewing, earaches and dizziness. A chiropractor in Walnut Creek explains that the following may help alleviate TMJ problems:
|REST the jaw and keep the teeth apart as much as possible to avoid wearing them down.|
|EMPHASIZE soft foods and liquids to reduce chewing.|
|AVOID hard or crunchy foods like raw vegetables, hard candy, nuts and chewing gum.|
|APPLY ice or heat to reduce inflammation and relax the jaw muscles.|
|PRACTICE stress-management techniques such as bio-feedback and meditation.|
|WEAR a night guard to prevent grinding your teeth in your sleep.|
|DENTAL or orthodontic correction may be required to correct dental abnormalities.|