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Tuesday, February 1, 2011


TENSION-TYPE Headaches in the temples are positively correlated to TMD dysfunction. This correlation extends to all of the various TMJ symptoms.

It has long been known that headaches are almost a universal symptom of TMJ disorders. Treatment of TMJ disorders usually leads to significant reduction in headache pain. Neuromuscular Dentistry should always be considered diagnostic work-up of chronic headache patients. The majority of patients experience elimination or very significant pain relief within a brief time period after being treated with a diagnostic neuromuscular orthotic. PPatients frequently consider the results "miraculous"

Learn more about Neuromuscular Dentistry:
Sleep and Health Journal

What is not as well known is that TMD is only one of a large family of craniomandibular disorders and problems related to the trigeminal nervous system. The Trigeminal Nerve and its central nervous system connections are involved in almost all headaches. The use of Neuromuscular Dentistry is extremely effective in treating TMJ disorders and associated headaches.

Neuromuscular Dentistry is also extremely effective in treating Chronic Daily Headaches, Tension-Type Headaches, Classic Migraine, Atypical Migraine , Migraine Staticus, Sinus and facial pain, occiptal headache and other chronic pains of the head and neck.

Physicians who do not have the same thorough understanding of the Trigeminal Nerve frequently underplay the importance of the Trigeminal Nerve in almost all headaches. This leads them to approach treatment of headaches with powerful drugs that often have dangerous side effects.

Neuromuscular Dentistry works by reducing noxious input to the central nervous system thru the Trigeminal Nerve.

Pain. 2010 Dec 31. [Epub ahead of print]
Influence of headache frequency on clinical signs and symptoms of TMD in subjects with temple headache and TMD pain.
Anderson GC, John MT, Ohrbach R, Nixdorf DR, Schiffman EL, Truelove ES, List T.

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
The relationship of the frequency of temple headache to signs and symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders (TMD) was investigated in a subset of a larger convenience sample of community TMD cases. The study sample included 86 painful TMD, nonheadache subjects; 309 painful TMD subjects with varied frequency of temple headaches; and 149 subjects without painful TMD or headache for descriptive comparison. Painful TMD included Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders diagnoses of myofascial pain, TMJ arthralgia, and TMJ osteoarthritis. Mild to moderate-intensity temple headaches were classified by frequency using criteria based on the International Classification of Headache Disorder, 2nd edition, classification of tension-type headache. Outcomes included TMD signs and symptoms (pain duration, pain intensity, number of painful masticatory sites on palpation, mandibular range of motion), pressure pain thresholds, and temple headache resulting from masticatory provocation tests. Trend analyses across the painful TMD groups showed a substantial trend for aggravation of all of the TMD signs and symptoms associated with increased frequency of the temple headaches. In addition, increased headache frequency showed significant trends associated with reduced PPTs and reported temple headache with masticatory provocation tests. In conclusion, these findings suggest that these headaches may be TMD related, as well as suggesting a possible role for peripheral and central sensitization in TMD patients. Subjects with painful temporomandibular disorders (TMD) showed significant trends for increased signs and symptoms of TMD associated with increased frequency of concurrent temple headaches.

Copyright © 2010 International Association for the Study of Pain. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
PMID: 21196079 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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