The Headache and TMJ

Tension headaches are the most commonly occurring type of headache. These may be due to depression, anxiety, stress or holding the neck and head in abnormal positions. This causes the headache as the muscles tighten in the neck, shoulders, scalp and jaw. Tension headaches most often occur on both sides of the head, generally starting at the back of the head and spreading forward. Pain associated with tension headaches can be squeezing or dull, like a tightening vice or band – that’s why we often feel the urge to rub the painful area – a natural move to loosen the muscles.

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) headaches may feel similar to the tension headache, as the mucles of the head, neck and jaw contract.

Additional symptoms, however, may be associated with TMJ problems such as:
• Jaw popping, clicking or grating sounds when opening and closing the mouth
• Pains and dull aching of the face and facial muscles
• Discomfort or difficulty when chewing or biting.
• Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
• Earache
• Painful jaw – or jaw tenderness
• Reduction in jaw range – or inability to widely open or easily close the mouth.

Whatever the symptoms and causes of your own TMJ and headaches, Dr. Fallah is specially trained in dealing with TMJ and all of its ramifications. He uses state-of-the art procedures and equipment to measure and analyze your unique situation. Call today and find immediate relief.

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