Did you know that headaches can be caused by jaw misalignment or issues with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the lower jaw, or mandible, to the temporal bones at the sides of the head. These joints are flexible and allow the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side enabling us to talk, chew and yawn.

Common symptoms of TMJ dysfunction include localised pain which can spread to the face, neck and head and sometimes clicking and grinding noises when the jaw opens and closes and in severe cases the jaw may lock in certain positions.

Headaches caused by TMJ dysfunction can be related to:

  • Disease: such as rheumatoid arthritis that affects the jaw joint
  • Stress: which can result in muscle tension, teeth grinding or clenching, lip or cheek biting
  • Joint structure: problems with the joint including the cartilage.
  • Trauma: such as whiplash from car accidents, falls or sports injuries.

If you suffer from any of these symptoms make a time to come and have a treatment with Dianne to get a diagnosis and exercise program to assist you in fixing the dysfunction and reducing or removing this pain from your life.