Headaches or Migraines

Headaches or Migraines

This is the most common complaint heard from patients who have TMJ/TMD. Even migraines are, many times, really TMD problems. Nearly all headache pain is directly related to muscles not functioning properly. Many times we tend to picture a headache taking place in the...
Pain Behind the Eyes

Pain Behind the Eyes

TMJ dysfunction can cause hyperactivity of the chewing muscles. There is a muscle that attaches to the jaw on one end, and the back of the eye socket on the other end. This muscle is called the Spenomandibularis muscle. If there is hyperactivity in this muscle, the...
Neckaches and Tingling in the Fingers

Neckaches and Tingling in the Fingers

Hyperactivity of the chewing muscles is usually accompanied by hyperactivity of the other muscles of the head and neck. The human body is a highly complex system of interrelated parts. TMJ patients often report trigger points of pain in the neck and shoulders. The...
Clicking/Popping in the Jaw Joint

Clicking/Popping in the Jaw Joint

One of the most common symptoms associated with TMD/TMJ are sounds heard when one opens and closes the jaw. A normal, healthy TMJ is quiet during function. The jaw movements should be smooth without any pulling to one side. There is a cartilaginous disc that sits...