The Connection Between Chronic Migraines and TMJ

All too often, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ/TMD) symptoms are mistaken for chronic migraines or tension headaches. That’s why anyone living with face, neck or head pain, along with posture problems and even arthritis, may be missing a key piece of their diagnosis and treatment if they fail to consult a holistic, neuromuscular dentist like Dr. Lawrence Singer at DC Smiles in Alexandria, Va. and Washington, D.C.

The Temporomandibular Joints on each side of a person’s face link the lower jaw to the rest of the skull. Proper function of this neuromuscular system allows for talking, chewing and the overall comfortable use of your mouth.

Strain, stress or trauma to the Temporomandibular Joint can produce the bite problems and headaches that become universal signs of a TMJ disorder. Some additional symptoms of TMD include:

  • Tender jaws
  • Grating or grinding
  • Clicking jaw sound
  • Trouble or discomfort chewing, biting, speaking or kissing
  • Fibromyalgia

TMJ/TMD may also trigger other neuromuscular issues, pain or health problems seem unrelated. Holistic dentistry, on the other hand, views all pain or infection within the body to be related.

That means that treating TMJ can result in a significant reduction, if not the complete eradication, of many other pain problems.

If you’re ready to explore how the holistic and neuromuscular dentistry practiced by Dr. Lawrence Singer at DC Smiles can provide relief from myriad pain and healthcare issues, please contact us online or call our offices directly to schedule an appointment: (703) 299-4614 in Alexandria, Va. or (202) 455-4920 in Washington, D.C.

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