If you have poor posture, you probably already know that it can cause back and neck pain. Did you know that it can also impact your jaw and pain in your jaw? Everything in your body is connected, which means your poor posture can influence your bite, your jaw joint, and affect pain from TMJ.
Posture and TMJ Disorder
Bad posture can do more than just make your TMJ disorder worse—it can actually cause TMJ problems! The temporomandibular joint or TMJ does much more than most people realize. It supports your head, which means it has as much as 30 pounds of weight on it. It also has about 35% of all of the nerve impulses in your body running through it. If your posture puts things out of alignment, it can pinch those nerves or put more pressure on this joint.
When you sit hunched over, everything moves forward. This causes your lower jaw to actually stick out a little more than normal. That can result in a bad bite, which in turn leads to TMJ disorders.
This Creates a Cycle of Pain
TMJ disorder can then cause more pain in your jaw that radiates down into your back and shoulders. You may find yourself hunching over or sitting in awkward positions just to alleviate as much of this pain as possible. That, of course, may make your jaw extend even further, making your TMJ disorder worse. This cycle, then continues, leading to more and more pain and discomfort.
What Can You Do?
We can help you with TMJ and your bad bite in a number of ways, but the only true way you'll overcome this issue is by correcting your posture. You wouldn't think dental professionals would be able to help you, but we can. We understand how the jaw and the TMJ work and how they should be aligned with the body.
When you come in for TMJ issues, we can teach you various exercises and demonstrate good posture that will help with the pain. Call us today to schedule a consultation.