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Millions of Americans suffer from chronic facial and neck pain as well as recurrent headaches. Remarkably, studies have shown that over 50% of the time this pain is due to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMD. The many symptoms that manifest as part of TMD include:

  • HEADACHES: Chronic, recurrent headaches or migraines
  • JAW:
    • Pain and pressure in the jaw area
    • Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
    • Muscle spasms in the jaw area
  • EARS: Pain, ringing or stuffiness in the ears
  • NECK: Neck stiffness and neck aches
  • FACE: Swelling on the sides of the face
  • TEETH:
    • Bite Problems, Change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
    • Grinding or clenching at night or during the day
  • MOUTH: Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth
  • EYES: Pressure around eyes, bloodshot eyes, eye sensitivity
  • THROAT: Swallowing difficulties, pain in throat area, voice irregularities

Your temporomandibular joints (jaw joints) connect your lower jawbone to your skull. As you may imagine, these joints get quite a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement.

If you don't have any of these symptoms, let's keep it that way! There are some simple things you can do at home or work to prevent TMD from occurring in your jaw joints:

  • Relax your face - remember the rule: "Lips together, teeth apart"
  • Avoid grinding your teeth
  • Avoid constant gum chewing
  • Don't cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder - either use a headset or hold the receiver to your ear
  • Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
  • Do not sit with your chin rested on your hand
  • Practice good posture - keep your head up, back straight, and shoulders squared