TMJ disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a condition associated with a myriad of problems. Constant strain on the joint holding the lower jaw to the skull results in neck and shoulder pain, teeth grinding, difficulty fully opening the mouth, and discomfort with eating and speaking. If you suffer from TMJ disorder, check your posture. Recent studies have shown that a poorly aligned body contributes greatly to issues with jaw pain.
Forward Head Posture Creates Bad Bite
The domino effect that results in TMJ disorder begins with an unbalanced posture. Forward head posture occurs when the body is slouched, and the head is forced to create equilibrium by jutting forward. The lower jaw shifts forward in this unnatural position creating malocclusion, or misaligned bite. When the upper and lower teeth do not fit together properly it creates jaw muscle joint stress.
Uneven Shoulders Strain Jaw Muscles
Uneven shoulders also contribute to temporomandibular joint disorder. When one shoulder is lower than the other shoulder, it pulls the side of the neck and jaw muscle creating strain. You can tell if your shoulders are uneven by checking your posture in the mirror. Let your hands hang limply at the sides of your thighs. Both palms should lay flat against the thigh with thumbs facing forward. If your hands appear to face in a different direction or one appears to be higher than the other, you may have uneven shoulders.
Soothe TMJ Symptoms
Prevent jaw pain caused by bad posture by scrutinizing your daily habits. Do you hunch over your computer at work? Do you often wear high heels or uncomfortable shoes? Is your mattress lumpy or uneven? Making small changes to your behaviors can make a positive impact on your TMJ disorder. Check that your ears align directly over your shoulders at every stop light on your commute. Do neck stretches daily or try a yoga class. Even treating yourself to a massage can help relax the tension in your neck which causes jaw pain.
Treatment for TMJ Disorder in Chicago
Chicago dentist, Dr. Fondriest has helped many patients with TMJ disorder using advanced treatment methods for malocclusion. If you are suffering from chronic jaw pain, take measures to improve your posture and contact Lake Forest Dental Arts at (847) 234-0517. We serve patients from Grayslake, Barrington, Lake Forest, Winnetka, Highland Park, North Shore, and Chicago.