Are you also a migraine sufferer from ages? Do you know- your jaw could be the culprit of your sufferings?

If not yet, then you are at a right place to be aware about that.


Migraine is a sort of headache that has neurologic disorder. It tends to happen repeatedly and causes moderate to severe pain.


  • People experience a migraine generally as a throbbing pain.
  • Pain may occur on one side or both sides of the head.
  • It can be with aura or without aura that includes visual or sensory changes.
  • There occurs sensitivity to light, sound and smell.
  • Stress or strenuous activities may also trigger migraine.
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Even though you usually feel pain of migraine at the top or side of your head, the trouble may actually start at the bottom of your skull.

The muscles supporting your TMJ can also be the source of your migraines. It is evident that TMJ is the hinge which connects your jaw to your skull. It aids you to talk, chew and do numerous jaw movements. A number of muscles of TMJ that are located underneath the jaw, in the cheeks, on the top and side of the head, could clearly be the aggravators of your pain.


As told earlier, your muscles are attached to the jaw and to the head. Whenever, you perform any jaw movements such as chewing, grinding or clenching, if not in physically or physiologically healthy state, your TMJ imparts tightening in those muscles and consequently, the pain from your jaw gets transferred to other places in the skull, causing headaches, or in severe cases, migraines.

Apart from migraines, you may also experience toothache, tinnitus, pain in neck and shoulders. This happens as a result of imbalance in the forces applied by jaw while moving. Muscles of the craniofacial system become hyperactive and start getting fatigued frequently, which results in sensation of pain in those areas as well as impaired function.
You may also feel it difficult to chew properly and dietary choices alter considerably towards soft food products.


Not only this pain and impaired function affects your teeth but also impart an effect on your digestive system. Apparently, when you are unable to chew your food properly, it goes into your stomach without being properly ground into a bolus. Yu eventually get symptoms such as stomach ache, bloating the abdomen, indigestion, flatulence, nausea and is severe instances may lead to irritable bowel syndrome. Increasing fat around belly is also one of the indirect consequences of this disorder.


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