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How a temperomandibular dentist can treat neck and shoulder pain
Having an “incorrect bite” (malocclusion) causes abnormalities in the jaw’s relationship with the skull. The jaw is twisted into a strained position that triggers pain in the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and back. Many muscles work in unison to allow the body to make certain movements. The bones in the neck, especially the atlas and axis, are engaged with the muscles that control chewing, biting, talking, respiration, and head posture. Aching, tight, constricted jaw muscles will tilt the head and shoulders, straining the muscles of the neck, shoulders and back. Neuromuscular dentists recognize the intricate relationship between the bones, joints, muscles, and nerves in the face and neck. They aim to relieve tension in the jaw and connected muscles by repositioning the bite.
While neuromuscular dentistry does not claim to treat neck, back, shoulder, or arm pain, a realignment of the bite can alleviate pain in many areas of the body.