Some individuals, when stressed will grind their teeth during their sleep or clench their jaw, either during the day, night or both.
When muscles of the jaw are contracted for this extended period of time, trigger points are created in the muscles. One of the predictable pain patterns for trigger points in the jaw are headaches.
Self help tips:
- refrain or limit the amount you chew gum. Chewing gum requires you to contract the jaw muscles that can cause them to be overused. Overused muscles will develop trigger points. Trigger points will create symptoms of a headache.
- Stay away from hard candies or nuts as the pressure required for you to chew these foods will create more tension.
- Speak to your dentist to find out if an appliance will help with your symptoms.
- Massage therapy to the neck, shoulders, jaw and head are very helpful in relieving symptoms
- Self massage and warm compresses will reduce tension
- Meditation for general relaxation will help with overall feelings of stress, which in turn, may reduce the frequency of clenching or grinding.