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TMD And Headaches

Tension type headaches (TTH), along with migraine type are the commonest headaches experienced.

Providing TMD and headache care throughout the Okanagan, our care encompasses the comprehensive management of head, neck and shoulder pain. Headaches specifically tension type (TTH) are mostly muscle derived and respond well to a physiologically focused approach.

  • Head, neck and facial pain may be resolved as many are postural issues worsened by childhood developmental problems. They usually affect the airway and consequently other body systems. Adult and child posture can be improved, enhancing development and function.
  • Understanding the role of the development of the jaws and airway is important in helping our kids to grow up healthy with adequate space for straight teeth and avoiding airway and breathing issues later in life. Avoiding tooth extractions in order to keep the dental arch size is imperative as is the avoidance of any intervention that holds back normal downward and forward development of the face (avoiding tooth/bite adjusting, leaving lost tooth spaces allowing vertical bite collapse and of course the nemesis to all physiological professionals – orthodontic headgear!) Children snore and children suffer airway problems too. These are not always self-correcting - consultation helps more educated decisions to be made.
  • TMJ Dysfunction (TMD) may be resolved without recourse to surgery. One should generally attempt non-invasive and reversible procedures first. The temporomandibular joint is the joint between the lower jaw and the base of the skull. Factors affecting the lower jaw’s function may cause symptoms that can be resolved with an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • Headaches, primarily tension-type can be relieved or eradicated completely. Tension type headaches (TTH) may be stress induced, but they certainly are derived from muscle dysfunction which may often be eliminated by the correct positioning of the jaw using a small and temporary oral appliance (orthosis). Taking too many pain relievers can cause them to become worse.
  • Headaches at the base of the skull are referred to as cervicogenic headaches and often due to a combination of nerve entrapment (due to altered neck posture), and muscle stresses caused by the body’s attempt to correct it and the airway.

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