A surprising connection between your jaw and your posture
Having good posture is not just about sitting and standing up straight. Your head and neck are also very much involved, and headaches or neck pain can cause poor posture despite your best efforts. You jaws are at the center of a common problem that causes headaches and neck pain, TMJ disorder. If you have this condition, your posture could suffer from it.
Why is poor posture a bad thing?
Children are told to sit up straight so they don’t develop poor posture, but have you ever wondered exactly why good posture is important? It’s not just because slouching looks lazy. Poor posture can cause your muscles to have to work harder and lead to fatigue and even pain. When poor posture becomes a habit, you may feel discomfort if you try to straighten up. Many people see this as a reason to maintain their normal posture, but if you don’t develop better posture, your muscles may never work as efficiently as they should.
How pain can throw off your posture
When you have chronic pain, you tend to position yourself in any way that gives you relief. This often means choosing comfort over good posture, but it can lead to bad posture habits. When good posture simply hurts, it takes some willpower to straighten up, but doing so can actually ease your pain in the long run.
So what do your jaws have to do with your posture? Jaw pain can make you unconsciously reposition your head and shoulders. Good posture starts at the top, so if you are holding your shoulders and head incorrectly to ease pain, good posture is not possible.
Get help for your jaws and your posture
TMJ is a disorder of the temporomandibular joints that allow jaw movement more tips here. The most obvious TMJ symptoms is jaw pain, but headaches, neck pain, facial pain, ear ringing and visual floaters can all be symptoms of TMJ. TMJ can be caused by a misaligned bite or other dental issues that affect the positioning of your jaws.
A dental exam to determine if you have a TMJ disorder can help to determine if and what treatment options may bring relief. If you have headaches, neck pain, back pain, poor posture, or if you have painful jaws or need dental work, especially involving your back teeth, please contact Calgary dentist Dr Westersund to schedule a consultation. We can help you learn more about TMJ disorder and how dental treatment could help.