TMJ...A Common Cause of Headaches & Dizziness!

Reference:APTEI TMJ Self-Study DVD/ Book Program

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most used, yet ignored joints in the body.

The TMJ should be evaluated for all patients who report of…

  • headaches (especially in the temporal region)
  • upper cervical pain and stiffness
  • dizziness
  • local pain and clicking in the TMJClinicians don’t regularly evaluate the TMJ since it is often not a patients primary complaint, when in fact it may be the primary source of the patients symptoms.


Extremely valuable instructions to give a patient with a “hidden” TMJ disorder

  • Avoid chewing heavy meats, nuts, raw carrots etc.
  • Avoid taking big bites into burgers, apples etc.
  • Do not chew gum, pen, necklace, etc.
  • Avoid intentionally clicking the jaw
  • Avoid habitually clenching teeth together
  • Stop nail biting
  • Avoid prolong slouching and the forward head posture
  • Wear mouth guard at nights if prescribed by dentist / or else see a dentist
  • When yawning, support the bottom jaw
  • Sit up tall and maintain upper cervical flexion, especially when eating


Posted on: August 19, 2003Categories: TMJ

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