Chronic headaches are a dime a dozen in society but with so many different causes you can end up with just taking medication in an attempt to mask those headache symptoms. The jaw is a commonly forgotten structure that can be quite a problem with chronic headaches. But what we need to think about is where the attachments for the jaw muscles are as well as the interaction of that jaw bone (the mandible) with the skull (temporal bone). This gives us a clearer look at why your jaw may be the cause of chronic headaches.
Now you don’t have to experience this entire list, but if a few bullet-points hit the mark, jaw tension is the likely scenario.
Jaw-related headaches are commonly overlooked by many medical professions as a cause of chronic headaches. Despite the headaches feeling so intense, often making us think this is a tough problem, the treatment for the jaw is quite easy and successful to relieve the pain.
It’s simply trigger points in small muscles in the mouth towards your back teeth called pterygoids, that refer pain to the head and consequently give you headaches. Many clients don’t quite understand how this happens but the successful treatment speaks volumes & convinces them otherwise. Osteopaths know how to reach these muscles and apply massage to reduce their spasm.
It is common to have an upper neck issue alongside the jaw problem, so don’t be surprised if you feel jammed up near the base of your skull.