Many people try to self-treat their headaches by taking over the counter medications like aspirin or NSAIDs such as Motrin or Ibuprofen. Long term use of NSAIDs can lead to many adverse consequences such as ulcers, heart problems and even strokes.
Non-medication treatments include relaxation exercises, guided imagery, counseling, and acupuncture. These are just a few of numerous alternative headache treatments. However these forms of treatment are dealing with symptoms not with the cause.
All headaches that are not related to major organic disorders may be responsive to treatment by neuromuscular dentistry. Neuromuscular dentistry addresses headaches and migraines by eliminating many of the underlying causes and reducing the total harmful neural input. The change in the neural input into the trigeminal nervous system is extremely important in understanding why so many diverse symptoms are often relieved when correcting the jaw disorder.
We take a holistic (whole body) approach in treating of TMD in order to treat the underlying problems, not just treat the symptoms such as headache or migraine. The overall goal of neuromuscular dentistry is to return to normal function and physiology (functioning) of the jaw and associated structures.
The treatment is dependent on the specific nature of the disorder and the amount of time the patient has experienced the condition. We will perform a variety of tests to help to understand the specific nature of each patient’s problems. It is important to understand that this is an orthopedic correction that allows healing and more normal function of the muscular and neurologic systems.
Headaches are such a common occurrence you may not think that they relate to other more serious conditions. If you experience frequent headaches in conjunction with any of the other symptoms of TMD, you should consult us to get a proper diagnosis and begin treating the underlying cause of your headaches.