Head & Neck Pain

Neck Pain: Neighboring Pains:
  1. Two types contraction:
    1. Muscle bracing: brace jaw muscles to contract neck muscles
    2. Muscle guarding: Pain causes muscles to protect & guard
    3. 3 layers neck muscles (outside, intermediate, intercostal)
  2. Added to muscle contraction:
    1. head movement
    2. muscle tension
    3. work posture
    4. muscle brace
    5. trigger points
    6. weight head or shoulders
    7. posture
    8. shrugging
  3. Cervical muscle bracing stimulates jaw clenching, jaw clenching contracts neck muscles
Head Pain: Neighboring Pains:
  1. Added muscle contraction due headache
    1. Muscle bracing
    2. Muscle guarding
  2. Primary Types HA:
    1. Tension Headaches
    2. Migraines
  3. Migraine Pain: sources inflammation
    1. Chewing muscles & joints
    2. Neck muscles & joints
    3. Special organs: ears, nose, sinus, mouth
    4. Virus & Bacteria
    5. Allergies, chemical sensitivities, hypermobility
  4. Tension Headache
    1. Stress sets off biochemical pathway: i) cortisol, ii) adrenalin, iii) tension
    2. Stress causes static muscle contraction of our favorite muscle
    3. Pathway: Stress-sympathetic system-temple contraction-lactic acid buildup-inflammation-pain
    4. Tension headache pain is mostly felt in temples
    5. Temple muscle is chewing muscle
    6. 48% women & 38% men have tension HA
Neck Pain: Neighboring Pains:
  1. Two types contraction:
    1. Muscle bracing: brace jaw muscles to contract neck muscles
    2. Muscle guarding: Pain causes muscles to protect & guard
    3. 3 layers neck muscles (outside, intermediate, intercostal)
  2. Added to muscle contraction:
    1. head movement
    2. muscle tension
    3. work posture
    4. muscle brace
    5. trigger points
    6. weight head or shoulders
    7. posture
    8. shrugging
  3. Cervical muscle bracing stimulates jaw clenching, jaw clenching contracts neck muscles
Head Pain: Neighboring Pains:
  1. Added muscle contraction due headache
    1. Muscle bracing
    2. Muscle guarding
  2. Primary Types HA:
    1. Tension Headaches
    2. Migraines
  3. Migraine Pain: sources inflammation
    1. Chewing muscles & joints
    2. Neck muscles & joints
    3. Special organs: ears, nose, sinus, mouth
    4. Virus & Bacteria
    5. Allergies, chemical sensitivities, hypermobility
  4. Tension Headache
    1. Stress sets off biochemical pathway: i) cortisol, ii) adrenalin, iii) tension
    2. Stress causes static muscle contraction of our favorite muscle
    3. Pathway: Stress-sympathetic system-temple contraction-lactic acid buildup-inflammation-pain
    4. Tension headache pain is mostly felt in temples
    5. Temple muscle is chewing muscle
    6. 48% women & 38% men have tension HA

Pearls of Pain

Restricted opening
Inability to open 1 finger Indicates moderate severe damage to jaw joint Urgent specialty care needed to recapture disc Goal: Return to Proper opening
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