Headaches and jaw issues can be incredibly annoying. Whether persistent or a new issue, it’s valuable to understand how to manage them best.
What falls into this category?
- Tension, cervicogenic or other common Headaches
- Migraine (with or without aura)
- Cluster and other debilitating headaches
- TMJ dysfunction, bruxism (clenching) or other jaw related pain
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
What are the symptoms?
- Pain that can occur bilaterally (both sides) or on one-side of the head
- Pain may occur in the front, back or sides of the head or can occur behind the eyes
- Throbbing or tight sensations
- Visual disturbances (sensitive to light, visual ‘halos’) or noise sensitivity
- Facial pain (often triggered by chewing, speaking or brushing teeth)
When should I get treatment?
Urgent treatment is required (via Hospital or GP) for those with neurological signs (weakness, loss of sensation, paralysis), related changes to eyes/ears, recent trauma, new headaches if over 50yo, if you suffer with other systemic illnesses.
It is important to seek treatment for persistent headaches, or if it is affecting your life. You might not quite be sure what’s causing them or what type of headache they are, and that is very important to help you manage the cause, treat the symptoms and help to minimise them as much as possible.
Jaws will often click/clunk after some trauma, as they move over a disc within the joint. Usually the muscles in your cheeks become tight from stress or to stabilise the joint and this can cause pain.
What treatments help?
- Reducing muscle tension
- Reducing aggravating factors such as strains and stress, or in some cases certain foods.
- Your GP may prescribe medications that can help
- Stretches for the muscles of the neck, jaw and shoulders
- Strengthening exercises for neck and shoulders,
- Education about types of pain, and related factors