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August 17, 2011

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TMJ Mouth Guard to Prevent Neck Pain & Headaches

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Lina asked:
Hey just found your Mouth Guard informational website for the first time today. I saw my dentist today for some problems I am having and he thinks a night guard will help. It definitely was not cheap! He thinks that it may help with the symptoms I have been having for about a week now. My neck has been in constant pain for two weeks now. Headaches are also a frequent problem. The TMJ disorder seems to get worse as the day goes on. When I massage the muscles in my neck it seems to relieve the pain there but not the headache or jaw problems. It started when I woke up and I could barely move my head. I think I hold tension in my shoulders, neck and jaw.The TMJ specialist that is currently fitting my grind guard says that I clench my teeth at night.

The pain is mostly on the right side and the headache starts at the base of my neck all the way up to the base of my skull into my temple. It feels almost like somebody is stabbing me in the head. My eyes water and I can get nauseous.

My hope is that the TMJ mouth guard will help it all. I wish I would have found this website sooner because those night guards in your review look like the same thing I was shown and a ton cheaper.

Do you have any thoughts on any of this?

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  1. Tammy
    Nov 11 2011

    The mouth guard will likely not completely stop the pain, but I will share with you how I do it.

    The neck and back discomfort is typical for your head aches you are receiving,it may be tighter on one side compared to other, you may even experience a muscle spasm on that area and it can make it even worse. No matter what the reason behind the pain, the releasing from it does not change much. Here is how, and start with your back:

    For your neck:

    First off, take your hand and put it along the side of your head. Push your thumbs under each ear and put it on the muscle located there. Now take your fingers and put them on to the backside of your neck muscles. Make sure to press them tightly together and hold with pressure applied. Relax, breath and allow the muscle to relax from under the pressure. Keep holding until the muscle completely relaxes.

    Back:

    Put your left hadn on your knee and right hand over your shoulder. With your fingertips locate the muscle that is near your spine. Press and hold on it for a few seconds. Relax and breathe deeply. Exhale and be careful not to tense up your body at all. Relaxing is key here. It should take around thirty seconds and you should have a release happen. When it does slowly begin to lower yourself forward and relax onto your right side leg. The greater the lean the better. Keep holding for about one minute and tehn let go but keep in the resting position for about another minute.

    Now repeat this on the opposite side.

    This is what was recommended and helped me.
    Best wishes!

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