The human body is an incredibly complex machine made up of many connecting parts. And the jaw, face, and neck are no exception. One area can affect another area and in both directions. A seemingly unconnected area can begin causing problems in another location. This is definitely the case with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which can be involved in a disorder called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).
The term TMJ is sometimes used interchangeably to refer to TMD or the Temporomandibular joint itself. Let’s take a look at the possible overall health effects of TMJ disorder. It affects the body in surprising ways.
Can posture affect my health?
If your mother was constantly driving you crazy with frequent demands to “sit up straight,” she actually had it right – even if she wasn’t fully aware of all the possible connections and effects of proper posture.
Posture is simply the alignment of your body when you are in various positions, like standing, sitting, or lying down. It is not uncommon for people to hunch their neck and shoulders when sitting or standing. By practicing proper posture, you are improving the muscle-related alignment of your body and reducing stress on your ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
Good cervical posture can help you breathe easier, enhance your blood circulation, make you appear slimmer and more youthful, and enhance the function of your joints and bones. Not to mention the fact that good posture tends to lead to improved mood.
What is the cause of TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder most commonly affects those who are young adults to middle-aged. Head and facial trauma, stress, clenching, and grinding or a bite misalignment are likely causes.
When the jaw is misaligned, it places extra stress on the temporomandibular joint. Affecting you when you speak, chew, or even yawn. In time, this can create a lot of additional accumulated stress on the jaw area, resulting in TMD, or TMJ disorder.
How can TMJ disorder affect my overall health?
TMJ disorder symptoms can significantly impact a person who is otherwise healthy. Many sufferers experience chronic headaches or migraines, insomnia, and significant tooth wear. TMJ disorder can increase if you don’t treat it. Problems like tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and vertigo can occur among the sufferers of TMJ disorder.
What should I do if I suspect I am dealing with TMJ disorder?
If you believe that you have TMJ disorder, please contact our office to book an appointment or consultation. We can provide an examination to determine the likely cause of your condition to help you relieve your symptoms and any pain or discomfort that you may be experiencing.
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– Dr. Houlik