TMJ Neck Pain Cleveland Solon

What is causing my neck pain?

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The science of neck, back, shoulder pain and ‘muscle recruitment’

Your neck, back and shoulder muscles work as a team. (Seldom does a single muscle work without other muscles in the team joining in.) Often times, when muscles are overworked, they will recruit additional muscles to help out. This is known as muscle recruitment. Strained Neck Muscles Affect Posture

  1. With the head centered, the spinal column is straight.
  2. Muscle tension can shift the head away from the center
  3. To compensate the spine begins to buckle
  4. Postural Distortion develops as the shoulders and hips begin to tip.


The muscles of the head and neck are all involved in turning the head, chewing, talking and breathing. When certain muscles are over-contracted, it will affect the muscles that hold up your head and those that support the shoulders and back. 

The recruitment of other muscles ends in unbalance, which results in pain. The bones in the neck, especially the atlas and axis, are intimately involved with the muscles that control biting, talking, chewing, breathing and head posture. Sore, tight, contracted muscles of the jaw will tilt the head and shoulders causing over-compensation of the neck, shoulder and back muscles. 

In other words: IT MIGHT BE YOUR BITE. Misalignment of your teeth can make your neck muscles try to compensate for the tension and strain.

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How to treat TMJ neck pain?

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Imagine this…

Your head weighs approximately 15 pounds. That is the same weight of an average bowling ball. This bowling-ball head is precisely and delicately balanced on top of your spinal column by the muscles in your jaw, neck, shoulders and back.

Now, imagine your head as a baseball and picture it balanced on top of a pencil, being held in place by a number of rubber bands. When muscles are tense, they shorten. Now envision shortening just one of those rubber bands. Some rubber bands would stretch, some would shorten but regardless, the baseball would be thrown completely off kilter.

Similarly, when even a single jaw, neck or shoulder muscle becomes shortened – all of your other muscles are forced to compensate to keep the head balanced on top of your spinal column. Your overworked muscles become strained, sore and tender – making them uncomfortable in your neck, shoulders and back.

When you have TMJ, your unaligned bite causes a ripple effect throughout all these regions and it results in pain and strain throughout the top half of your body. Correcting your bite so that your muscles can function properly and without additional strain can be the difference between living with muscle discomfort or muscle continuity.

Dr. Rose at Good Health Dental in Cleveland, Solon treated hundreds of TMJ neck pain patients. By re-aligning the bite and relaxing the affected muscles, TMJ neck pain can be a thing of the past.

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The information provided on this website is not intended to serve as medical advice. An appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan for any patient can be made only by visiting your dentist, physician, or group of doctors. Holistic Dentist Dr. Scott Rose at GoodHealth Dental shall have no liability or responsibility to any individual with respect to loss or damage directly or indirectly caused or alleged by the information contained in this website or obtained from other websites to which a visitor may connect and view. Good Health Dental, a Solon, Ohio Holistic Dental Clinic, provides family dentistry, cosmetic dental treatment options, restorative dentistry, neuromuscular dentistry (TMJ), dental implants, snoring & sleep apnea solutions, periodontal gum care, sedation treatments, and orthodontics. Besides Solon, a city in Cuyahoga County Ohio, we proudly serve all Cleveland communities.

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