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Neck and Facial Pain

Many people are unaware that TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders, neck & facial pain and headaches can be interrelated. This can include pain and symptoms in and around the ears and eyes as well. Common complaints include ringing or hissing noises, ear stuffiness, earaches and occasionally dizziness. Other frequent symptoms can include increased sensitivity to light and sound.

While the muscles which attach to the jaw are active during talking, chewing and swallowing, there are other muscles which are indirectly active during these functions as well. Most people would not associate neck pain with their jaws, but when jaw muscles are stressed, other balancing head and neck muscles may also be overworked, resulting in noticeable pain in the neck and shoulder regions. It has been well documented that an incorrect bite due to loss of teeth, developmental problems and/or trauma causes the jaw to shift which can change head posture. This, in turn, forces the neck and shoulder muscles to work harder to balance the head on the spine which can result in pain in these areas.

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