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TMJ Neck & Shoulder Pain

Find relief from TMJ neck and shoulder pain

Women with Neck & Shoulder PainAn aching neck, tight neck muscles, stiff shoulders, or a sore back are painful symptoms that something is not quite right. Many people live with this kind of pain every day. Often, this type of muscle pain comes from stress, over exertion or too many hours behind the wheel or at the desk.

Other times, especially if you’ve investigated these causes with no success, the source of your pain could be coming from your jaw.

How can your jaw cause neck and shoulder problems?

Your muscles, joints, bones and ligaments in your body work as a unit. If one of them isn’t working properly, the others must work harder. That’s where the body pain can come from. The strain that’s placed on your muscles and ligaments from a malfunctioning joint can be agonizing.

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With respect to neck and shoulder pain, think about your anatomy. You jaw joint sits very close to your neck. If it isn’t working properly, a disorder commonly known as TMJ, your jaw muscles work harder to compensate. Once they tire, they recruit your neck muscles to help with the extra work. Your neck muscles call on your shoulder muscles when they fatigue. The result is a clump of sore stained muscles throughout your body.

If treatments like massage, physiotherapy, or chiropractic care haven’t provided the relief you are looking for, we recommend you consider a visit to the dentist.

Treating your jaw problem can resolve your pain

TMJ is an acronym for a problem with your temporomandibular joint, or jaw joint. A malfunctioning jaw joint is often the result of a bite is not well-aligned. When your bite is misaligned, it tries to move itself into a more comfortable position. The problem with this is that position is usually an unbalanced one, so your jaw muscles move it back to balance.

This becomes a never-ending t tug-of-war between your jaw joint and your jaw muscles. Once your jaw muscles tire out, a TMJ disorder can become quite a pain in the neck (shoulders, and back).

To tackle your TMJ, your best bet is a dentist who can assess your jaw and your teeth, diagnose your bite alignment problems and prescribe an effective treatment.

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Is TMJ behind your neck and shoulder pain?

TMJ is a complex disorder that can be difficult to diagnose. The first step is to monitor and evaluate your jaw. Taking a deep look into the functionality of your teeth, jaw joint and jaw muscles, is the first step in dealing with a TMJ issue.

If you think TMJ is the cause of your neck or shoulder pain, please come in for a consultation.