Disclaimer: These preliminary ‘Self Tests’ may help you understand that though pain can be a significant indicator, it is not the only signal for TMJ dysfunction. A final diagnosis will be required by a professional like Dr. Eddie Siman. If you feel severe pain or you know you cannot do some of these exercises please do not attempt them.
The so-called “Dowager’s Hump of yore” refers to a muscle build-up at the base of the neck to keep the neck in a forward stance.
Your head normally weighs about 8 to 16 pounds. Holding it more forward than normal makes it 3 times heavier, impacting the vertebrae of your neck and, potentially, causing irreversible damage.
Stand in front of the mirror and turn to the side. Right underneath your head, check if there is a bump, or if your head leans forward as indicated in photo above. This could be a sign that there is an imbalance. Over time if gone untreated, the bump can become larger and the head keeps advancing.