Pain tends to strike at the most inopportune times — right before a big exam, a business meeting, a job interview, even a wedding or vacation!
Tension headaches, and stress pain coming from the jaw or TMJ, can be especially debilitating. They’re characterized by a band-like pressure across the forehead, that tends to last about half an hour. But did you know that the pain can sometimes be treated very easily IF you have a pencil handy.
Causes of Tension Headaches and Pain
The main causes of tension headaches are stress, anxiety, tiredness and emotional upset. They are typically caused by spasms of the muscles in the face, neck, jaw and scalp.
Patients often hold their temples to indicate where the source of the pain is. This is due to spasm of a fan-shaped muscle found across the temples spreading the back of the head called temporalis. These spasms are also related to the jaw muscles.
Temporomandibular dysfunction, or TMJ dysfunction can also cause tension headaches. The main cause is jaw clenching and teeth grinding during sleep. This causes spasm of the chewing muscles, which causes a tension – like pain.
How a Pencil Can Cure Tension Headaches and Jaw Pain
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Simple relaxation techniques such as massaging the jaw and forehead, gentle jaw stretching exercises or opting for softer foods can help relieve tension headaches and TMJ pain.
But apparently, so can pencils.
According to pain experts, holding a pencil between your teeth – but not biting it – can help relax your jaw muscle.
Holistic approaches, which are non-invasive, are recommended as an effective way to treat tension headaches and TMJ dysfunction. Addressing the underlying cause, for example stress and anxiety, is more effective than medication alone.
Get a Proper Diagnosis for Your Pain
If you are living in Southern California and are tired of living with chronic pain from headaches, migraines, or a TMJ disorder, contact Pasadena Pain Management for a FREE consultation.
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About Pasadena Pain Management
Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.