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TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint Message Board

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Neck pain can be related to TMJ but it can also be a separate issue. If your problems are truely muscular, surgery will not help.

Have you checked your posture lately? Look in the mirror from the side view and see if your neck and head are in a forward position from your upper back & shoulders. Your neck should be nice and straight, ears above shoulders. You can also place your heels against a wall and stand up straight. Your heels, butt, back, and head should all touch the wall. If everything touches the wall except your head, then you have forward head. This can cause a lot of muscle tension and muscle spasms in the neck and upper back because your head is much heavier when it is forward then when it is sitting on top of a straight neck. Since I've been watching my posture and doing exercises to strengthen my neck and upper back, my muscle spasms in my neck have gotton better. I still have a ways to go. The main exercise to get your head in the right position is to stand up with good posture then gently guide your head backwards, keeping eyes level and just sliding your head on a horizonal plane backwards. Hold this position for 5 seconds then release. I like to do this in front of a mirror so that I can make sure my head is staying level and I'm not tucking my chin. You may want to see a Physical therapist to give you specific exercises to strengthen the neck. With my experience it has been weak muscles = muscle spasms and strengthening has helped. good luck

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