How does TMJ cause headaches and neck aches?

How does TMJ cause headaches and neck aches? Many TMJ patients develop postural problems such as headbending and forward head posture.  This happens because the way the teeth meet together affects your posture and your posture also affects your bite.  Another factor that comes into play is your airway or breathing.  If the teeth meet together in a position that compromises the airway patients will extend their neck forward to open the airway to get oxygen! Many times the teeth can force the jaw back and this closes the airway further.  It is not within the scope of this paper to list and discuss all the reasons this happens, however,  it is important for patients , dentists, and physicians  to recognize and treat this.  The photo below helps to provide some insight to how this can affect the head muscles and cause headaches and how it affects the rest of the body as well. If you have any questions regarding TMJ Treatment or Houston TMJ please feel free to call our office, Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF  713-668-2289

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