Perhaps you were directed to this page because you want to know more about the cause of your head or neck pain. Or maybe it’s because you know of someone who has head or neck pain. Whatever the reason, we would like to give you some insight into how we believe you can be treated and how your health can be restored.
Head and neck pain is very common. It
has been estimated that at least 80% of the American population deal with it every day, but learn how to accommodate it. Some people have suffered with it their whole life and have been in and out of health care facilities of one type or another, being prescribed medications, M.R.I’s, and CAT scans. Some go as far as surgery, only to get a report back stating, “I can’t find anything wrong with you!”
My team and I have had the privilege of helping many other people to regain their health. Being pain free from head, neck and shoulder pain, as well as, not having to take medication is such a liberating feeling for our patients. I recall one lady, named Rebekah, who had 25 migraine headaches per month. Do you realize that’s almost one headache every day? She is a pharmaceutical representative, which means she has to be on the road a lot. As some of you may know, migraine headaches can be very debilitating. They can cause extreme pulsating, stabbing pain around the temple, pressure, excruciating pain behind the eye, which can affect the vision. Rebekah very often found her headaches occurring while on the road. I am excited to share with you that after treatment, Rebekah is now pain free.
The most wonderful thing about our treatment is that it does not involve hospital surgery and medication.
With every effect in life, there is a cause. Einstein says that insanity is to do the same thing over and over, getting the same result. If we have some bad effects in our life, whether it is physical, spiritual or financial, the answer is to find out what the source of the problem is and correct it, to replace it with good effect.
Many people have had chronic head and neck pain; however; most of them are having the symptoms treated rather than the source.
What are the sources of head and neck pain? The causes can range from very simple to very complex. Most head and neck pain is caused by your bite, that’s right! Your teeth can be the source of your problem. Your bite is the position where your lower teeth meet with the upper teeth. There are several components that control how your teeth come together. The muscles, jaw bone, teeth, nerves and the brain all work together to achieve a harmonious, healthy condition. When one of the factors is not working properly, which is usually the teeth, then the other components are suffering as well.
There are signs and symptoms of a bad bite, which may include, but are not limited to:
- jaw and joint pain
- cracked teeth
- joint clicking
- limited mouth opening
- ear congestion
- ringing of the ears
- difficulty swallowing
- loose teeth
- clenching or grinding
- facial pain
- sensitive teeth
- chewing difficulties
- neck pain
- tingling of the fingertips
- hot and cold sensitive teeth
- nervousness or insomnia
The bite can be a factor in many other types of pain or functional problems because of the inter-relationship of the overall musculoskeletal (muscle-bone). Some problems may include painful clenching, or popping of the jaw, joints or various types of headache or neck pain, problems with swallowing, postural problems, and excessive snoring and sleep apnea.
On the average, our head weighs about eight pounds. When our bite is off, our posture is affected. The position of our head will tilt forward or side-ways. When the head tilts one inch, our head will feel more like 32 pounds, rather than 8.
There are many people who suffer from a bad bite, but they are not suffering from the symptoms mentioned above, but then some do suffer from these symptoms, but have learned to accommodate by various means. Those that do not suffer at all from the symptoms do have problems with their bite. They are blessed and cursed at the same time. They are blessed, because they don’t have the pain. They are cursed because they don’t have any pain to motivate them to seek treatment. Someone once said that necessity is the mother of invention, but pain is the father of learning. We all need to learn what is bad to stay away and we need to learn what is good, pure and lovely so that we can be better.
Dentistry has come a long way. I am proud and humbled to say that our profession has done a great job in mentoring our community from dental disease. We have worked hard to help people to maintain dental health.
My team and I are blessed beyond our imagination when we are able to help many people to obtain an optimal pain-free life with a beautiful smile.