Hello and good day to FCM community!
As we continue to discuss neck-related issues today, we are going to focus on another important relationship. In fact, discussing this relationship invites looking back at our previous conversations to make further connections.
Today we discuss the jaw. TMD Temperomandibular Dysfunction is an often overlooked cause of many symptoms, pain and longer term injuries in the human body. The mandible (the lower portion of your jaw) is actually not attached to your skull by bone, but rather it is held by sinew, muscle and soft tissue. It is the most flexible joint combination (actually two joints!), and as such it is the most likely place in the human body to become injured.
In our body flexibility and strength are at opposites. If you think about it, you’re a lot less likely to invite your most flexible friend over to lift heavy furniture, nor to invite your most heavily-muscled friend over to do deep bends in a yoga practice. Part or us already understands this, but in every day practice it means that it’s easy to distort the jaw’s motion. Distortions in the jaw can be linked to migraines, ringing in the ears, they can raise eye pressure (indirectly); it’s related to trigger points and holding in the chest, arms, shoulders and back. Over time it can cause deeper issues, but it is also relatively easily treated often times.
Having dreams where you lose your teeth, or maybe you’re chewing rocks? Dentist or orthodontist mention that you grind your teeth? Reach out to us to get some assistance! We are ready to support and educate you on care for your body!