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Understanding the Connection Between Jaw and Neck Pain: 3 Effective Management Strategies

Understanding the Connection Between Jaw and Neck Pain: 3 Effective Management Strategies

Neck pain can be an unwelcome companion, affecting our daily lives and causing discomfort. While many of us may not realize it, the jaw plays a significant role in neck pain. The intricate connection between these two areas can be responsible for the onset and persistence of neck discomfort. Understanding this link is crucial to finding effective relief and reclaiming a pain-free life.
Recognizing the Jaw-Neck Connection:

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects your jawbone to your skull, is closely tied to the neck muscles and nerves. When issues such as teeth grinding, clenching, poor posture, or stress occur, tension builds up in both the jaw and neck, leading to pain and discomfort. Consequently, neck pain sufferers might notice jaw stiffness or vice versa. Addressing this interplay is essential for effective pain management.

Exercises to Relieve Jaw-Neck Pain:

Shoulder Retraction And Scalene Stretch
Seated Upper Trap + Lev Scap Stretch
Jaw Range Of Motion
Chin Tucks

Additionally, we can work on ergonomic Adjustments by Ensuring that your workspace and seating arrangements promote good posture – even a stand up desk if you haven’t got one already! Maintain the computer screen at eye level, use a supportive chair, and avoid slouching.

Chronic stress contributes to jaw and neck tension. Incorporate stress-reduction practices such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises into your daily routine.

If your teeth are involved and a visit your dentist is necessary to rule out dental issues that may be contributing to jaw pain, it is worthwhile doing it now and not waiting for it to become a bigger issue. A custom mouthguard can be beneficial if teeth clenching or grinding is detected.

Understanding the interconnectedness of the jaw and neck is the key to effective pain management. By implementing exercises that target these areas and adopting holistic strategies, such as ergonomic adjustments and stress reduction techniques, we can pave the way for lasting relief. Come and see us at the clinics for treatment and a personalized program to help now!

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