Another headache!

Do you have headaches and/or neckaches most days? A lot of people do. In fact, according to the WHO (World Health Organization), “1 adult in 20 in developed countries, has a headache every – or nearly every day ” (https://www.who.int/features/qa/25/en/).

 

What is the cause of so many headaches? MedicineNet has identified 17 different types of headaches (https://www.medicinenet.com/headache/article.htm#what_facts_should_i_know_about_headaches) but says tension headaches are the most common, “The most likely cause is contraction of the muscles that cover the skull. When the muscles covering the skull are stressed, they may become inflamed, go into spasm, and cause pain. Common sites include the base of the skull where the trapezius muscles of the neck insert, the temples where muscles that move the jaw are located, and the forehead.” It is pointed out that physical stress such as sitting at a computer or desk or prolonged manual labor and even emotional stress can cause the muscles of the head and jaw to clench the teeth and go into spasm. Contracting muscles produce pain.

 

How does sitting at a computer or desk cause so much pain to your head and neck?  Forward Head Posture is a common culprit. When we sit at a deck or computer often times without knowing it, we bring our heads forward. Sometimes we do this in order to breath better or because we are concentrating so much.  Our heads are the size of a large bowing ball, approximately 15 pounds. When we place our heads in a forward head posture the center of gravity is changed which causes stress and strain on the muscles of the head and neck.  In fact, for every inch the head is moved forward it will feel 15 pounds heavier and if you place your head 2 inches forward it will have the effect of having a 45-pound head! The result of this is a lot of unhappy muscles including spasmodic, contracting jaw muscles. (Tilley, Larry. Hickman, David.: Neuromuscular Dentistry The Next Millennium. Seattle

Washington.

The International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics. 1999. Pg 60-61.)

How can the Headache Tamer Guard help? Headache Tamer allows the jaws to be brought back to the resting position. “In the physiologic rest position of the mandible, the jaw muscles are not actively contracted, and the mandible is only passively suspended against gravity. (Schwartz, L. and Chayes, C.:

Facial Pain and Mandibular Dysfunction. Philadelphia, W.B.

Saunders C0. 1968. Pg. 56).

The Headache Tamer Guard is the size of a penny and places the jaw back into the rest position so that clenching stops and muscle spasms stop! This happens within minutes to hours. Poor posture during the day creates muscle pain to the head, neck, shoulder and jaw. Headache Tamer takes the pain away.