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Hi MissiM,

The following is an exerpt from an article in "TMJ News 'n Views", which I get through my TMJ dentist. The article is entitled "Dizziness is Not a State of Mind" -

"Whether one calls it vertigo, dizziness or loss of equilibrium, many TMJ sufferers experience the helpless whirling sensation, feeling of being seasick or unsteadiness that occurs when turning their heads too quickly or when rising from a lying down or sitting position.
THE CAUSE: Dizziness is a sypmtom controlled by the central nervous system. The brain receives its messages from the joints, ligaments and muscles. Many doctors have cited the traumatic malrelationships of the TMJ with ear structures that are close in proximity as a cause of vertigo. The chewing (masticatory) muscle spasms effect all the muscles innervated by the trigeminal nerve; the tensor veli palatini muscles (soft palate) and the tensor tympani. This is why whiplash victims will frequently experience fullness in the ears due to spasm of these muscles.
Inflammation in the neck muscles is sometimes the culprit of dizziness due to spasms in the neck muscles which contain tiny organells (proprioceptors). These small receptors directly affect the central nervous system. Usually dizziness can be caused by trigger points somewhere in the sternocleidomastoid:
sterno = breastbone or sternum
cleido = collarbone or clavicle
mastoid = the mastoid process behind the ear where the upper attachment is.
Irritation in the neck muscles (from reading a book in bed, lying on pillows to watch TV) or overload in the jaw muscles will aggravate the neck muscles. "

Hope this helps!
Marlene





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