Most of the pain in TMJ problems is caused due to trigger points and tight muscles. To best use this page, please ensure you follow the following steps.
— Click on the symptom you are facing (from the list below) . You will be directed to a page in triggerpoints.net. On that page check what muscle group is causing your symptoms
— Once you have identified the muscle group, return to this page and do the corresponding stretches for that muscle group helping release it and reducing your pain
Most of the TMJ headaches are caused due to trigger points in a number of muscles including the SCM muscles, the temporalis muscles and the trapezius muscles. Releasing these muscles can help reduce or even get rid of the headaches. Tightness in these muscles can cause the following symptoms
- Back of head pain : Generally caused by the SCM and the trapezius muscles
- Headaches or migraines : Generally caused by the SCM , trapezius or temporalis muscles
- Temporal headaches or headaches in the temples : Generally caused by the Trapezius, temporalis or SCM muscles
- Frontal Headaches: This is generally caused by the SCM muscles
Stretches and self treatment videos
Here is a collection of stretches which are very effective in releasing the trigger points in the muscles which cause headaches.
SCM muscle release
The two linked videos show how to release the SCM muscle. The first video shows how to release the trigger points and the second video shows how to stretch them out. Treating the SCM is very beneficial as that can often resolve a lot of headache problems
Suboccipital muscle stretch
This video shows how to stretch out your Suboccipital muscles (muscles at the back of the head) which can cause pain at the back of the head, top of the head and even tension headaches
Trapezius muscle stretch
This video below shows how to stretch out your trapezius muscles as they can not only cause temple headaches but can refer satellite trigger points to the SCM and the Masseter muscles causing a chain reaction of pain
Temporalis muscle stretch
This video below shows how to release your temporalis trigger points (trigger points in the forehead muscles) which can cause frontal headaches.
I hope these exercises help.
Please leave a comment if you want me to focus on other specific exercises or pain symptoms you might be facing due to TMJ headaches or any other problems due to TMJ pain.