If you’re like many Americans, the fall season can be a real headache. For millions of us across the country, fall means that you have more headaches. There are many causes of rises in headaches in the fall, but TMJ treatment can help with all of them.

adult woman experiencing migrainesMigraines Increase with Changing Season

Migraines are the most common chronic headache, and about half of all migraine sufferers report that their headache is triggered by weather. Although some people’s migraines are triggered by humidity or temperature, the most common cause of weather-related migraines is changes in barometric pressure. When the air pressure rises or falls, the tissues in your body either expand or contract, which can cause irritation that triggers migraines.

In the fall and spring, there are more fluctuating movements of warm and cold air masses, resulting in changing barometric pressure, which means more headaches.

Sinus Headaches Can Rise with Fall

Another problem with the changing weather is the increased risk of cold or flu. When you get sick, your sinuses can get swollen, and filled with mucous. The pressure in your sinuses can lead to face pain and headaches. These headaches can also trigger migraines.

Another cause of headaches in the fall is the rise of fall allergies. Not everyone is susceptible to allergies in the fall, but if you are, you may experience the same kind of swelling and discomfort that affects people with a cold, including sinus headaches.

Cold Weather Leads to Muscle Tension

Another problem when the weather changes is that it can make your muscles tense and sore. First, your body tries to keep the majority of its blood deep in the body, resulting in a reduced blood supply in the muscles. This leads to muscle tension, especially when your muscles are hit by a blast of cold air.

Shivering is a good technique to warm up your muscles, but if you suffer from TMJ, shivering of your jaw muscles can lead to additional soreness and tension.

Tension in your jaw muscles is passed on to your head, resulting in tension headaches.

TMJ Treatment Can Reduce Headaches

If you are tired of the headaches you suffer from every fall, TMJ treatment can help. It can reduce muscle tension and irritation of the trigeminal nerve that may trigger migraines, especially when pressure changes cause the joint to expand.

To learn whether TMJ treatment can help you headaches, please call Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane at (509) 927-2273.