Posted on 12/25/2019 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
|If you're experiencing symptoms of TMJ but unable to put a finger on the cause, consider your posture. Your posture may be the reason why you wake up with an ache in your jaw and chewing appears to be an avoidable, painful chore.
Poor posture is becoming an increasingly common reason for the symptoms of TMD in otherwise healthy people.
What is the Relationship Between Poor Posture and Jaw Pain?Spending time hunched over a computer or walking with a slouch affects the natural alignment of muscles and joints of the face, shoulder, neck, hip, and feet. Spinal misalignment can result in a protruding lower jaw. Forward head posture, which results from slouched and rounded shoulders can alter masticatory musculature.
This may lead to a bad bite and TMD. If your work involves long hours at the computer, and you're beginning to experience pain when you open and close your mouth, these could indicate the beginnings of TMD.
Sometimes, poor posture becomes unavoidable due to existing conditions. Flat arches or hyper pronation can lead to poor posture. This is remedied by adding insoles to the shoes that will enable you to stand and walk straight. Dentists may recommend oral splints to keep the jaw in place for the right bite and to reduce stress on the TMJ.
Other causes of poor posture include aging, injury, bone loss, stress, etc. Regardless of the cause, knowledge about how it can affect the TMJ is worth having, because it arms us with information to take preventative measures.
It is best to arrest and remedy the situation as early as possible. Visit us to understand how posture must be maintained to ensure that the body stays aligned and TMJ disorders can be kept at bay. You don't have to suffer a bad bite when you can avoid it. Book an appointment today.
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