Chronic Pain and TMJ Syndrome
The Temporomandibular joint is the joint that allows the jaw to open, close. move backward and forward, and side to side. “TMJ syndrome” refers to a malpositioning of this joint and muscles, resulting in muscle contractions, which are a factor in approximately 80 percent of all tension related headaches. If you have any combination of the following complaints, TMJ syndrome may be your issue: headache; dizziness; ringing or clogged ears; spasms in the neck, shoulders, back or face; clicking or popping noises of the jaw; inability to open the mouth fully; locking of the jaw joint; pain behind the eyes; earaches; and sinus pain.