Resolving Tension Headaches
Approximately 90 percent of headaches originate as tension headaches. Medical experts continue to debate over the causes of tension headaches. In my opinion, 90% of tension headaches are either caused by mechanical factors or are perpetuated by them. In other words, most ongoing, chronic, tension headaches can be attributed to specific physical restrictions. These are restrictions in muscles, ligaments, tendons, and connective tissues which cause nerve impingement syndromes, vascular changes, and the output of biochemical substances that affect pain centers.
Treating Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
The TMJ joint is often considered one of the most complex joints in the body. The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) lies just in front of the ears, where the lower jaw hinges. To find the TMJ joint place your fingers just in front of your ears and open your mouth. The temporomandibular joint is quite unique from other joints in your body; the TMJ joint is a complex joint that works like a hinge yet it also can perform sliding motions.
If this joint and its accompanying soft-tissues are restricted or unbalanced, it can cause conditions such as headaches, earaches, facial pain, vision problems, eye pain, teeth problems, balance issues, tinnitus, throat and neck pain, dizziness, and a host of other symptoms. Most of the complaints that arise from TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) arise from the muscles that surround the temporomandibular joint and the joint itself.
In less severe cases of TMD the only symptom may be a clicking or popping sound. These symptoms are usually caused by overuse of the muscles of mastication. These muscles are the masseter, temporalis, medial pterygoid, and the lateral pterygoid muscles. Habits such as chewing gum, clenching or grinding teeth, or biting nails can lead to these problems. The problem is that what starts out as a minor annoyance can become a major dysfunction.
Over a period of time repetitive motion creates tension in muscles, friction, and micro tears in the muscle tissue that surround the jaw. These micro tears create inflammation and the formation of scar tissue (adhesions). This weakens the surrounding musculature, creates muscle imbalances, and effects neuromuscular and vascular function.