What Headaches Are Linked to TMJ?
There are many different types of headaches, but not all of them are linked to TMJ. The ones that we see linked to TMJ most often are:
- Tension headaches
- Migraine headaches
- Referred pain headaches
These headaches may be very different in origin and sensation, but they can all respond well to TMJ treatment.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. And they’re the type most strongly linked to TMJ.
Tension headaches are caused by tense muscles in the head. The most common cause of TMJ is also muscle tension. Your jaw can’t find its proper rest position, so it can never relax. Tension in the jaw continues to build, often for no discernible cause, though tension may also spike after periods of jaw activity.
In many cases, tension headaches are actually caused by the jaw muscles themselves. Jaw muscles are the largest muscles in the head, and the temporalis muscle attaches to the side of the head just behind the eye. Headaches that center here or in the face below the eyes are probably sore jaw muscles. However, tense jaw muscles can pass on their tension to other muscles, which can cause headaches.