Headaches – Brookfield, WI
What’s Causing Your Pain?
Headaches and migraines are extremely commons, and most of the time treatment will focus on the symptoms instead of identifying the underlying problem. As a result, the pain will keep coming back. Oftentimes, your headache will be caused by a disorder of the TMJ (temporomandibular joint); if that’s the case, Dr. Brunner will be able to help you address the true source of the pain with TMJ therapy at the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Wisconsin.
How Headaches and Migraines are Connected to Your Jaw
The vast majority of headaches are classified as primary headaches by the American Headache Society. This group includes tension headaches and migraines. While the pain may not seem like it’s connected to your jaw and mouth, the fact is that symptoms in one part of the body are often the result of a dysfunction in a connected area.
A TMJ disorder occurs when there’s an issue that causes tension in the system of muscles and nerves around the jaw joint. This tension can spread to the head, causing discomfort. While it can be difficult to distinguish a TMJ headache from a normal tension headache, you may notice additional symptoms such as tightness in your face and jaw muscles, jaw or facial pain, a clicking or popping sound when you speak or chew, restricted jaw movement, and a change in the way your top and bottom teeth fit together.
How Can We Help?
First, we need to identify the source of the TMJ disorder, which could have several different causes. In order to narrow down the true underlying cause, Dr. Brunner can use advanced tools such as a cone beam CT imaging system to thoroughly check the jaw and the area around it. Another option is joint vibration analysis (JVA) to check the joint’s condition by analyzing its vibrations.
Once we’ve narrowed down the source of the disorder, we can create a treatment plan. For example, sometimes the TMJ is suffering from some form of arthritis inflammation. Using an advanced MLS Cold Laser, Dr. Brunner can reduce the inflammation and relieve your pain without the use of steroids or medication. This treatment can typically be done in less than 10 minutes.
In other cases, the problem might be that your upper and lower jaws don’t come together correctly. This issue can be corrected with an occlusal splint that helps the jaw find a more comfortable resting position. The splint can also serve as protection against bruxism (grinding your teeth at night), which is also a common risk factor for a TMJ disorder.
Sometimes TMJ pain might be related to Forward Head Posture, which is when the neck slants forward and the head is slightly in front of the shoulders. We can help identify such issues so that they can be appropriately treated. (If you want to learn more about the science behind the relationship between the TMJ and head posture, click here [PDF link].)
Contact Us Today
The TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Wisconsin is the only certified centre of TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre International in the state. If you’re looking for high-quality treatment performed by an expert for your TMJ pain, look no further; schedule an appointment with us today.