So while on holiday I bumped into a really nice chap who was telling me about some issues that he had over many years with tension in his jaw and head. He was a very fit and active guy who boxed to a high level so it was safe to say that he had suffered some serious blows to his head. One such incident was a bad trauma to his right jaw joint known as the temporomandibular (TMJ) joint.
TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT AND HEADACHES
It’s a trend that you will always hear, but any injury that we incur no matter how old it is has the potential to disrupt normal muscle function and this case was no different. We know the injury would of healed itself within months of the trauma but he was left with sensitised nerve receptors in the jaw joint which were feeding back abnormal information to the brain that believed there was still a problem. The way we picked this up was the way the muscles were reacting when we tested them. They were over protecting the area by wanting to stay tight and contracted. One of these muscles is the Temporalis (look above) and when this muscles stays tight it has the ability to creates headaches into your temples or even to the side or behind the eyes.
We could of spent our time working directly on these muscles but as soon as he stretched his right jaw or compressed it (eating) then the muscle would of immediately tighten up. That would be a classical sign of treating the symptoms but not treating the cause.
Using a process or muscle testing and P-DTR neurological techniques we reduced the nerve receptor sensitivity in the jaw which restored their ability to relax from a long term over protective response. It was nice to hear from he the next day to hear how he felt that his jaw felt so much lighter!
If you have suffered from long term jaw issues, grinding of your teeth or tension headaches to the side of head then please get in touch!
You will be glad to hear that I won’t be treating you in my lovely watermelon swim shorts 🙂