How many times has a nasty headache popped up out of nowhere and ruined a perfectly good day? One second you’re going about your business, and the next the pounding is so intense you literally can’t do anything else but lie down.
On days like these, what you are experiencing are tension headaches. They the most common type and often start with something as little as a clenched jaw. Tightening the masseter muscle—which connects your jawbone and cheekbone— can create a force too great, making other muscles in the area stiff and leading to the brain-area pangs.
But before you lose hope, there’s a quick trick that just may help banish this type of pain in as little as 10 seconds.
It’s all about massaging the masseter muscle.
Physical therapists swear by this technique because it’s the simplest way to release all that built-up tension in your jaw, which in turn, gets rid of your headache.
Here’s how to do it:
First find the masseter muscle on each side of your face and apply gentle pressure with your fingers. (If you make a chewing motion, you’ll be able to feel it working and better pinpoint it.) Next, slowly open your mouth as wide as you can, then slowly close your mouth. Repeat this motion until you feel your muscles release.
We recommend doing this a few times a day, especially if you tend to clench your teeth when you’re stressed. This not only helps with tension headaches, but also with TMJ disorders!
While this easy massage may not be an end-all cure for your headaches, some daily facial muscle TLC could prevent future attacks down the road.
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.