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Pain - What is It?
Nerves & Muscles
Blood Flow Analysis of Headache Pain
Blood Flow ChangesThe illustration to the left demonstrates the reasons behind vascular changes in your head. It's what neurologists coin as "vascular problems."
The nerves also get caught up in the middle of this dysfunction. These nerves can become strangled by the powerful muscles, which surround them.
There is a lot of medical research, which clearly indicates that headaches are caused by irritation to the trigeminal and facial nerves, as well as blood flow changes of the carotid artery.
Nerves + Blood FlowResearch shows that over 30% of your body's nerves pass near the jaw joint. On top of that, 25% of the nerves of your body go to your mouth and jaw. It's no wonder that your jaws and muscles affect the entire body. It is clear that these effects are far reaching, and hard to diagnose. That is the reason that most patients with head pain experience problems with other parts of their bodies.
Why your TMJoints and Muscles play a Crucial Role:TMJ stands for the jaw joints, commonly referred to as the Temporo-Mandibular Joints. TMJoints are the most complex joints in your body. Only the TMJoints have the ability to open, close, slide forward, backward, and side-to-side. Between the bones of the TMJoints lies a semi- tough piece of cartilage referred to as the "disk".
A small muscle that is connected to the front of the disk pulls the jaw forward as the mouth opens. As the mouth closes, elastic-like ligaments and connective tissue pull the disk back.
These ligaments make it possible for the disk to follow the movements of the lower jaw at all times. This delicate balance can be interrupted and destroyed by muscle spasms and ligament damage. As a result, the disks can dislocate and fall out of place.
The TMJoints get caught in the middle of the struggle between your teeth, jaws, and muscles. A damaged disc can result in bone on bone contact, which ultimately increases headaches, facial pain, and earaches.
Patients that have damaged joints normally exhibit abnormal joint sounds. Sometimes a popping, clicking, or grating sound may be heard from the joint, as the jaw is opened and closed. Pain may be associated with these problems.
However, not every patient who has joint damage will exhibit joint noises. Some patients with long-term structural damage may have no discernible signs of damage.
Many migraine sufferers have compressed their joints to the point that the head of the jaw has bent and twisted itself, in an effort to heal. Their joints have "conformed" to the damage, more or less. These patients are the ones who have seen countless physicians attempting to get a cure for their headaches.
Their body has learned to cope with the jaw joint compression, however the effects of this compression is transmitted to the head in the form of migraines or other facial pain.