Muscle Trigger Point Pain
Do you have daily headache and head pain in the temple area? Does it occur daily and predominately on one side? Both sides? Does it hurt to press on the temple? Odds are you have muscle pain and not head pain. To take it a step farther, most people have no idea that a headache, a migraine, shoulder tightness, back pain, neck pain, ear problems, etc could be due to specific muscle spasms called trigger points.
Most do not think of the massive and complicated muscles of the head. These muscles are responsible for moving the lower jaw for speaking, chewing, and breathing; all extremely complicated movements. When they are overworked, they can build up toxins and create painful trigger points. Charlie Horses just don’t occur in the leg area, they can occur in the muscles of the head too.
Since the pain is in the head, many people start thinking, “I have a tumor, something is seriously wrong” which only makes sense. Many seek the help of MD’s who take MRI and CAT Scans which show everything to be normal. Since the MD cannot explain the pain, their only recourse is prescribing medication for pain. Not always a good idea.
Why Trigger Points?
The lower jaw is the only bone in the head that moves. The only thing that attaches the jaw to the skull is skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. All movements of the jaw are done by muscles in the head and neck; something most people don’t think about.
If the jaw cannot close the way it wants to because the lower teeth are not lined up with the upper, the muscles have to compensate in what is called Altered Movement. This compensation can be quite substantial and constantly occurring. This stresses the muscles which build up toxins and create the trigger points.
A muscle is a muscle no matter the location. If one had a foot one inch shorter than the other, it would create imbalance in the way they walked. Over time and certainly in times of stress, the walking muscles, which include the lower back, could go into spasm and create bed ridden pain. If the teeth don’t fit right, the same principles hold true except the pain would be in the head, eyes, ears and neck.
In the case of the uneven feet, specially made orthotics are used to trick the brain in thinking the leg lengths are even. In the mouth, a customized plastic orthotic, shown in the video below, fakes the brain into thinking the jaw to jaw relationship is correct.
Relaxed, happy muscles do not have toxins or trigger point and they don’t hurt; this is the solution to your head pain in most instances.
A balanced NM Orthotic, like the one in the YouTube video, can help with popping joints, ear pain, stuffy ears, sometimes even tinnitus.