Pain in your face – you may have a problem elsewhere…possibly TMJ?
Perhaps you feel a ‘stabbing’ pain behind your eyes, making it hard to concentrate. The pressure on your sinuses is enough to make you think you have allergies to everything! The slightest touch to your cheeks leaves you reeling from the discomfort.
Most health care professionals know when you experience pain in your face, you probably have a problem elsewhere. The conclusion many of them don’t reach is your facial pain’s relationship to TMJ. (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)
Living with TMJ can cause numerous symptoms and indicators. Sometimes they make perfect sense as to why and how they are connected to your jaw joint. Sometimes they are a little more vague and it’s more difficult to make a connection. But, living with facial pain is a result of living with TMJ.
Your neck, head and face have nerves, muscles and joints that communicate with one another. If a nerve in your neck is pinched or aggravated, the pain can travel up that nerve and cause discomfort in your face. TMJ affects all your muscles, specifically your head, neck, face, shoulders and back. It makes perfect sense then, if you suffer from TMJ, you will feel the effects in your facial muscles.
Additionally, a “bad bite” – when your upper and lower teeth don’t come together in proper alignment – dislocates the placement of the jaw and the surrounding muscles. This imbalance in this bite-jaw-muscle relationship is what causes facial pain or pain behind the eyes.