If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from headaches associated with TMJ, also known as TMD, you are likely researching how disorders of the temporomandibular joint and headaches are linked. You may be reading about Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, which is a hands-on treatment method for a whole host of medical issues, including headaches, back pain, disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and even influenza.
Doctors of osteopathic medicine, known as D.O.s, utilize the various OMT techniques by moving a person’s limbs into different positions. Slow movements and continuous pressure may be used, or the D.O. may use quick, sudden movements for the treatment of chronic pain.
While OMT is gaining in popularity because it is a holistic approach to healing that does not often call for medications or surgery, the very same concepts are used in neuromuscular dentistry to treat TMD/TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). If you experience headaches that are associated with muscle tension in the jaw, neck, and shoulders, or if you have headaches that feel migraine-like in intensity, it may be time to visit a Southlake, Texas, neuromuscular dentist who has experience diagnosing and treating the many symptoms of TMD, including headaches.
There are many symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder, but the most common symptoms of TMD in Southlake, Texas, are:
- Jaw pain
- Jaw tightness
- Locked jaw
- Facial pain
- Clicking/popping noises in the jaw
- Shoulder pain
- Arm/hand/finger pain or numbness
- Ringing in the ear (tinnitus)
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
The TMJ headaches seen most by Southlake neuromuscular dentists are tension headaches that involve the face, cheeks, and head pain. The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to the skull, so a TMJ headache may affect every area of the head and face. People with TMJ-related headaches may also experience:
- Pain in the ears
- Pain in the temples
- Pain above or behind the eyes
- Pain or difficulty chewing
- Swollen face
- Sensitive teeth
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
While the numerous symptoms of TMD may not, at first, seem related, they are, and it takes an experienced Southlake, Texas, neuromuscular dentist to evaluate the temporomandibular joints with advanced dental technology to diagnose and then treat temporomandibular joint disorder. It’s a progressive, degenerative condition that will likely get worse if left untreated. The symptoms of TMJ are painful and often debilitating, so it’s important to seek out a Southlake neuromuscular dentist soon after symptoms are realized.